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This is to date the earliest recording of SteelBand Music worldwide. Thanks to Mr. Ian Franklin who has shared this recording with us for it is indeed a grea...

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Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on May 25, 2013 at 1:47pm

Terry thanks again for I have now received and downloaded it. Please share what you can for it is part of our Musical History.

Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on May 25, 2013 at 9:42am

Terry thanks for sending the Track but I did not receive it . Could you please resend it.

Comment by terry on May 24, 2013 at 7:07pm

Steve "Carter" K: Track sent this morning via e-mail from saab3866@aol.com.

Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on May 24, 2013 at 1:09am

Terry, thanks for the info.Lots of us are posting audio/video on WST very often so if you wish to forward the track of "Lion Oh" to me I'll be happy for that. My email is snk1@flowtrinidad.net   .

Comment by terry on May 23, 2013 at 10:16pm

"Lion Oh" by Lion (1940) is track 2, disc 9 of the West Indian Rhythm set of10 CDs (Bear Family Records)featuring censored Trinidad Calypsos (1938-1940). I could forward track to a WST member authorized to post audio/video to this site..

Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on May 23, 2013 at 1:56pm

Mr. John, this is very important info re Pan for it tells us that the first Pan recording was in Feb. of 1940 by Hell Yard / Trinidad All Stars. This is 7 years before this recording by Casablanca and it shows the great improvements  made to Pan as a musical instrument and hence its musical scope during that period. It would be nice if you can post the recording of "Lion Oh" and if the Bear Family of Germany would share this first recording with us.  Thanks for all this exciting history of our Pan and its Music.

Comment by Bukka Rennie on May 22, 2013 at 10:11pm

John Schmidt,

The 1940 recording which is in fact the very first record of pan was done in Feb of that year by Decca. The Bear Family of Germany bought out these masters. The band is from Hell Yard who eventually became All Stars. Eric Stowe & Hamilton "Big-Head Hamil" Thomas played the 2 three-note tenor-kettles. They were backing Roaring Lion singing "Lion Oh". These pan were small paint pans. The Ping-Pong i.e. the Four-Note tenor appeared in August 1945 in the V-J celebrations - this was the first capable of playing melodies (cf Neville Jules). The 45-gall Oil Drum pans did not appeared until 1947. I have a copy of "Lion Oh".

Comment by Natalia Sowka on May 18, 2013 at 7:57am

wants it more. where you can find to be recorded in its entirety?

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Comment by PJJ on May 1, 2013 at 2:12pm


If you Google "Last Train To San Fernando Calypso, it appears that the Calypso came out in 1949 or 1950, so Invaders could not have recorded it before then.  There have been many claims over the years about the first recording.  For a long time, people claimed the TASPO recordings in Paris in 1951 were the earliest.  We now know that not to be the case. The earliest I know of (not necessarily the earliest, but I don't know of any others) are the Decca recording(s?) of a band without any melody, and the Casablanca recordings with melody.  I would be happy to hear of any other early recordings, with evidence as to when they were recorded, released.

John Schmidt

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