Robert Greenidge was born in Success Village, Laventille, Trinidad, West Indies. He began playing under the direction of his uncle, Carl Greenidge, a renowned arranger and tuner. At eight he joined the Savoy Steel Orchestra where he was taught scales and chords on a blackboard. Since he possessed an ear for playing all types of compositions, he was recruited by The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra at 18. Under the musical guidance of Rudolph Charles, the bands leader, and the great Emmanuel "Corbeau Jack" Riley, Greenidge's solid performing skills were shaped. At 17 he performed at the First Negro Arts Festival in Africa, the next year, 1967, at the Montreal Exposition in Canada, followed by tours of London, Zambia, and New York in 1968. In 1970 he represented Trinidad & Tobago as a soloist and member of the Trinidad National Steel Orchestra. In 1971 he mastered composing and arranging at the Third Street Musical Conservatory in New York.
Nuff respect to Robert.
Cecil: Is Robert coming back to arrange for STARLIFT PANORAMA 2019?
Gerard Clark is the man to answer that question.
BLESSING TO HIM, HE IS ONE OF A KIND...
Home is where the HEART is???
Despers Panorama performances by arranger Robert Greenidge
He is a gifted panist.... a steelpan arranger with "class" ......I have fond memories of playing his music over the years,as a member of Desperadoes,....Power to you Robert....may God continue to direct your steps!!.......love!!
Respect to one of our giants.
Elegant and accomplished player
Talent, Skills and a great attitude. The best.
Not trying to throw a shadow on my buddy Robbie unmatched achievements, but is there anyone out there who can elaborate on Nerlin “Lynn” Taitt, who developed the Reggae beat (in our day we called it Rock Steady) but was never recognized for his contribution to Jamaican music, he died in January 2010 in Montreal, Canada, at age 75. He was from down south.
Remembering Pan and Reggae Legend Nerlin "Lynn" Taitt
Posted by Glenroy R Joseph on May 3, 2011 at 12:00pm