Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Hameed, I've been trying to dig up that info for years... I was informed by some that the song was Goodnight by Pat Castagne, but I'm not sure that's the one... That was the first tune I learned to play on pan...
THANK YOU, You certainly remember this masterpiece
the name or composer listed is not ringing a bell. I attempted the tune and did pretty ok,a few mistakes after all these years and a different pan.I do recall the key was D and the low B note was used on the Invaders type pan .I must really do some searching down here to see what I come up with. Radio Trinidad is out of existence years now but there are a few old pan men around who may know.
It was the year 1943 when a young Trinidadian named Ellie Mannette hammered down a barrel top and produced a concave shaped steel pan with some ten or so notes on it. Radio Trinidad heard of Ellie's accomplishment and invited him to perform on the air. The tune he played was Brahms Lullaby.
That was the moment, that was the beginning of the movement. Ellie has been celibrated as its father.
There are archival pictures of Elie and a few of his friends hard at work in the early 1940s. I have one such.
As far as Radio Trinidad's early morning signing on in the 50s, others will establish what the tune was. Perhaps Radio Trinidad has kept a log of this kind of info. It's probably worthwhile to check with them.