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Digital archive of Monogram 78RPM single M 851 B;
Last Train by Duke of Iron and his Trinidad Calypso Troubadours
℗1952 Monogram Records Inc.
Composer: Cecil Anderson
Matrix No.: M851B
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Interestingly the version that many Americans may know (by Johnny Duncan) was produced by Denis Preston. He was the first to bring Calypso to the UK labels. Recording Parlophone's first sessions with Lord Beginner & Kitchener. If you look closely at early Melodisc recordings, you'll see his name. When he stopped working with Parlophone's Melodisc label in 1953 and started work for Polygon's new Lyragon label, Melodisc started to struggle. And the critics say he didn't actually do anything. chups
There is speculation that it was first recorded in 1950 by The Mighty Dictator (Sagomes SG.112) but that is not accurate. He did perform the song in the 1950 TNT Road March (losing to Mighty Killer's "In A Calabash") but he did not record it until at least late 1952. Cassablanca Steel Orchestra recorded both "In Ah Calabash" (SG.101) and "Last Train To San Fernando" (SG.102) earlier but considering both records credit the song to Anderson himself, I think its safe to say its a Duke of Iron song.