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Last Train [10 inch] - Duke of Iron and his Trinidad Calypso Troubadours

Digital archive of Monogram 78RPM single M 851 B;
Last Train by Duke of Iron and his Trinidad Calypso Troubadours
℗1952 Monogram Records Inc.

Style: Calypso
Composer: Cecil Anderson
Label: Monogram
Matrix No.: M851B

TheRealDJGIBS - notes

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.

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Comment by david de castro on May 26, 2013 at 8:43pm

post people do not know --but the duke of iron and the steel bandits with dave de castro(the bandit)did the very first television calypso show out of new york city in the year 1957 -"the bandit"

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