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From its Inception to now. What era would You say were the Golden Years?
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When the history is told, based on credible information, and not on heresy from those with their own personal agendas, it will record the fact that the "Golden Years" occurred under the leadership of George "Sonny" Goddard. (TASPO, National Steelband, the first Constitution, Expo '67, Panorama launch, Steelbands Music Festival Launch, Tripoli tour with Liberace, "Steelbands in the Modern World" symposium, Children's Panorama and Kiddies Carnival, to name a few.) I challenge anyone to produce any steelband personality, who has done more for the advancement of the steelbands, than he did. I have posted his accomplishments, "Who Am I? - A Breakdown of George "Sonny" Goddard's Accomplishments. http://whensteeltalks.ning.com/forum/topics/who-am-i-a-breakdown-of
I suggest that each of you choose a pan personality, then do the same; list their accomplishments, so we can stack them against each other, and end this debate once and for all. I know that some are tired of hearing the name, George "Sonny" Goddard, and this is your opportunity to silence me forever. Produce ONE person who you can prove (with evidence, not heresy), who did more for the steelbands and their "movement", and I will NEVER mention the name George "Sonny" Goddard (of refer to "my dad") ever again. If you fail to do that, then embrace the FACT that he STANDS ALONE!!! Enough of the celebrity politics! Honor this man, or produce someone else who deserves such honor.
Ghost. Same philosophy; different attitude.
Ian boy ya have real info cannot disagree, but for me the golden years are continuous because the standard of music increases every year,there are outstanding performances that are unforgettable such as Scherzando's semi final performance of Shadow's (I come out to play) Starlif's (Natasha) and All stars (Woman on the base) Renegades had some scintillating performance and the great & mighty Desperadoes as Ian mentioned are golden to me,I just love to see and hear Desperadoes on stage there is something about their stage presence that is different to any other band and the rhythm that moves their float just excites me.
One thing that I would say. Despers has some of the most memorable tunes in Panorama History. Pieces like Obeah Wedding - Margie -Pan in Harmony - The Party = Rebecca - In My House - Picture on the Wall and even Whap Cocyea. Memorable Pieces that will stand the test of Time.
Thanks Val. For me every year is golden, because the excitement and anticipation is always present. Please forgive me for listing unrelated info, but these are my picks for consistency in certain periods, 1963 to 1965 North Stars, 1968 to 1974 Harmonites,1980 to 1997 Renegades, 1992 to 2005 Exodus. All Stars and Phase II are the most consistent from 1998 to 2013. However, the most consistent Steel Orchestra that never dominated is, Desperadoes, yet holds 61% of all panorama accomplishments. One of three bands to enter all 51 prelims, made the most semis and finals, had the most top-three until All Stars surpassed them in 2013, made 36 consecutive finals. All Stars, Phase II and Renegades had an average of 15.67 years without a victory, but Desperadoes drought years is 13 and still leads all others with a win ratio of 1 victory every 5 years. All the best to all for panorama MMXIV. Peace and Pan.
The Bradley years
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