Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
Byron Lee's 1960's hit " Riverbank Jump-up" was also a big hit in Trinidad for The Dutchy Brothers Band of San Fernando , so of course there is a story to go along with it :)
In the sixties , a popular feature at dances was the so called "non-stop" dance , featuring at least two dance bands taking turns playing their sets.
The Byron Lee orchestra was a very popular dance band in the Caribbean in those days, and would regularly be featured at carnival dances , sometimes in "non stop" dances paired with local Trinidad
That year , there was a non stop carnival dance in St Anns that featured the Byron Lee orchestra, paired with the Dutchy Brothers Orchestra of Trinidad.
Music was jamming and people were having a blast when the Dutchys started playing their hit, "Riverbank jump-up" to the acclaim of the audience, maybe forgetting that that tune belonged to Byron Lee.
Suddenly , as the Dutchys played the tune, the Byron Lee rhythm section started , followed by the entire band.
Now remember , the Byron Lee band was a big band , better equipped and more powerful than the Dutchys.
The two bands started jamming at each other until the Dutchys gave up , as pianist Ottmar De Vlugt stood up from his keyboards , his face contorted in anger and disgust.
And then bottles started flying , and as they say in Trini, " fete done".
No one knows who started pelting bottles, but many thought that it was the Dutchy Brothers themselves, who were notorious for their tempers back then, and it was even rumored that they were "strapped" on occasion.
Not that I blame the Dutchy boys too much for the incident , as far as I'm concerned they were insulted by Byron Lee's group , and were entitled to be angry.
( This story was told to me by one of my best friends who happened to be there)
(L-R) Orville, Rudolph, Scanterbury, Ali Ramesar (standing), Nerlin Tate (seated), Peter, Jeffery Camps, Eugene and Ottmar.