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Hi, a discussion with Hameed Shaque and others was about the name of the tune played on Radio Trinidad at 5.30 am and the composer.Two past employees (the present did not know) confirmed that the name was CALL OF THE KISKIDEE and the composer was UMILTA McSHINE. All they could say is that the soloist was from Woodbrook.Someone said Ormand "Patsy" Haynes, but I don't know where he was from.

Gerard Clarke

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Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on April 7, 2014 at 2:49pm
David Boothman may also have access to the recording of he Steelpan solo...
Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on April 7, 2014 at 2:29pm
Apparently from time-to-time on rare occasions the song is heard on radio in T&T, so someone out here must have the recording. Maybe Glenroy Joseph or Steve Sealey can dig it up?
Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on May 14, 2013 at 4:03pm

Has anyone found a link to this tune as yet???

Comment by Charlene Lusk on May 14, 2013 at 11:38am

How Blanca got started: Back in the Gonzales Quarry days, the "First 11", as they were called (because they were the 11 guys out of maybe 20 players) would always remain playing during their practices. That happened because the rule was: the player that made a mistake during practice had to sit the round out. The First 11 seldom made mistakes. This caused a number of players to remain seated for longer periods than expected. As a result, the members that remained seated for longer than they expected decided to move down to Oxford Street and the "Second 11" was formed who became the present day Casablanca as we have come to know...so much for history. Ansel Joseph 

Comment by Selwyn Henry on October 20, 2011 at 12:47am
Patsy Haynes never played with Syncopators. When Philmore Boots Davidson and others left to form Synco Patsy stayed with Casablanca. He was a member of TASPO . He migrated to the USA and died in the US.
Comment by Gerard Clarke on October 14, 2011 at 10:22pm

When I spoke with Mrs. Regis, she said they had no archive ( how unfortunate) and that there will be no recording of the song.

I need to make a correction on a statement re Starlift in panorama. It is correct that Starlift won panorama 1969 as Angostura Starlift ,however the sponsorship changed to CIBC Starlift later on in 1969.I am just back from a lime in the yard and the topic came up.One chap said "don't you remember painting over your tenor from red, white and black to burgandy"?

Comment by Earl Tallman on October 14, 2011 at 4:21pm

Here is my (un-authoritative) account of what transpired: Patsy Haynes was a Casablanca tenor player.

He left "Blanca" and, as far as I am aware, Synco was then formed  -  as an off-shoot from Blanca. I seem to

recall that "Patsy's" leaving might have been linked to Synco's formation  -  It stemmed from the same

dispute. However, be that as it may, Patsy Haynes NEVER played for Synco  -  at least not as far as I am aware. I think we need to revisit that episode of East Dry River's pan history and write it up. I will try and do some research on it. I am sure One Man will clear up this matter. But please remember to keep us posted. Incidentally, Renegades is also an off-shoot of Casablanca.

Comment by Hameed Shaqq on October 14, 2011 at 2:19pm
Can we find a recording of the song?
Comment by Hameed Shaqq on October 14, 2011 at 2:16pm

TOMMY CRICHLOW  said Patsy played with Synco

Comment by Gerard Clarke on October 14, 2011 at 11:00am
Yes, I heard Casablanca too.Agustus Mark,aka "One Man" is still alive and kicking(not literally) and I may see him at a pan show Sunday.Will confirm

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