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"Pan Down Fifth Avenue" by Pan Am Jet North Stars (1965)

From the 1965 album Souvenirs in Steel here is "Pan Down Fifth Avenue".

This tune was composed and arranged by the legendary pan pioneer, band leader, pan innovator,tuner , arranger Mr Anthony "Tony" Williams

It is believed that Mr Williams may have been the first steelband arranger to compose his "own tune" for his band, Pan Am Jet North Stars..

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Comment by wayne walcott on June 15, 2011 at 9:15pm
Tony Williams an North Stars , sponsored by Pan-Am Airlines . . T.N.T..    still de bes Steelban . . evah . . maybe dis was de 1st "own-tune " by a steelban . . an is still ah Classic . .   from de good ole days wen de bans in de wes was de Bes . .  . . jes check Valentino Kaiso . .  anybody have any Crossfire . . West Side or  Synphonettes . . please say yes an put dem up dey fuh we . . tanks in advance . .
Comment by Alicia Caesar on June 15, 2011 at 5:23pm

I chipped to this on Saturday night at We Beat in St James. O what a joy. I could hear my dec. brother in the yard

humming the tune after practice.

Comment by Anthony C. Gittens on June 15, 2011 at 7:46am

This tune put joy in my heart and reminds me of my boyhood days ....sweet, can't stop hearing it.

thanks Mr. Glenroy R. Joseph.

Comment by kathleen Holder on June 14, 2011 at 8:16pm

Fantastic I have always this arrangement, it is soft and sweet.Thank you Glenroy

From Kathy

Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on June 14, 2011 at 8:46am
Still have that Record Album, but lost the "woody" toned steelpan in my back-yard!!!
Comment by terry on June 13, 2011 at 7:20pm

Thanks, Glen, for sharing another pan jewel by a legendary pan orchestra and arranger/composer.

 

Comment by kerwin burke on June 13, 2011 at 2:14pm
Thanks this is the first time  i've heard this song in it's entirety.
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 13, 2011 at 1:09pm
I try to be as careful as possible with language. Please note that I said "It is BELIEVED that he MAY have been the first.
I suppose I could have added " to formally" compose a tune for his band, meaning that his composition was recognizable as such.
Comment by Skip Poole on June 13, 2011 at 1:01pm
Whether Mr. Williams was or wasn't the first, he certainly was one of the most important contributors to the world of pans.
I had the great honor to meet Mr. Williams many, many years ago...he was a joy to speak with.  His understanding and knowledge of all things 'pan' was legendary.
...and for what it's worth, I really enjoyed 'Pan Down fifith Avenue.'
Comment by Kim Johnson on June 13, 2011 at 12:51pm
as much as I think Tony Williams is the greatest panman, he can't get the accolade of being the first to compose his own tune. Panmen have been doing that since ping pongs could manage four tones, with "Alan Ladd, thus gun for hire." One of my favourite pantunes was compossed for Casablanca by Art DeCouteau, "Shades of Steel" around 1952. You can hear it in the closing credits of my movie: http://vimeo.com/24940814

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