Russell's response to UTubes Pingpong Samba (1952) and my asking if it was his Jazz trio and/or him on piano and was this the first pan recording in the Uk as far as he knows goes as follows:-
'I made my first recording in 53, or 54 for Melodic records ( pingpong Samba, pingpong Lullaby etc). I don't know of any earlier recordings! If you find out please let me know.'
'Yes I'm on Piano, Fitzroy Coleman on Guitar. It's one of my compositions . My nephew Selwyn Gomes also a musician and pan player in Canada, recorded my Pingpong Samba, but many years later. I happened to be the first person to arrange Steelpan with conventional instruments. People like Winnifred Atwell, and others followed later on. I can't remember all the names of my compositions, but if you look for Russ Henderson on Melodic, maybe you might uncover some more?'
I too would further ask if anyone know of anything earlier and to please let Russ or me know. I don't mean information you have heard. I need some proof! There is more stuff on UTube but see 'Russ Henderson - 1' for a mean little taster.