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"Beat my tune on Carnival Day" Black Stalin(1967).

.My , how time has changed.....

.In the sixties, big , powerful steelbands ruled the road on Carnival day, and they determined the most popular tunes for the Carnival.
As a result,. there were rumors about calypsonians paying steelbands to"beat" their tunes on Carnival days so that they could win the coveted Road March title and prize money.
The Mighty Stalin as he was then known was more familiar to us "limers" in Marabella than to the whole country, and was just emerging as a nationally known singer, and this may have been his first hit.

As a matter of fact, this tune was not that well known when it was chosen by San Fernando's Silvertones Steel Orchestra as their calypso of choice in the 1967 music festival, but it could be considered a great pan tune.(Silvertones placed second in the unsponsored category)

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