"The earliest known steelpan recording from Trinidad and Tobago was the Hell Yard Steel Band accompanying "The Roaring Lion" in 1940. This was recorded by Decca Records on February 11th, 1940, at the Sa Gomes Emporium located at Marine Square and the name of the calypso was 'Lion Oh'. , the first two lines of which were "Leggo me lion, Lion oh, Oh leggo me lion, Lion oh" and the Decca recording card listed the performers as "the Lion with his West Indian Rhythm Band."
The Decca record sheet also asserts that this performance "is the earliest known recording of a steel-band" and lists the instruments used as "boom (metal drum), tenor (two large cans or biscuit tins), du-dup, and the ubiquitous bottle and spoon"
Taken from the book 'The Birth of Steel-Drum Music and the History of the Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra' by Bukka Rennie
Credit is given to Cynthia Mclean for the Pan Art pieces.
Credit given to the Roaring Lion foundation for use of Lion's photographs.
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