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The Lord Pretender " They don't make them like me any more"

A classic performance by the legendary calypsonian Pretender shows why they don't make them like him anymore

.Alric Farrell (Lord Pretender) was: born 8th September 1917 and died inPort-of-Spain, Trinidad 22nd January 2002.

From 1991, here is the late, great Lord Pretender.
R.I.P. Preedy.

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Comment by yvette johnson on June 4, 2011 at 12:01pm
When Kaiso RULED music (all of music).  Yes, Broadway's Tin Pan Alley and the Hollywood song writers "rob we." Check out early Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Doo Wop (Frankie Lymon in 1957 acknowledged Calypso was on the same level as rock and roll), Motown (Jackie Wilson told Berry Gordy his music was calypso) therefore Soul music; and"Nesta" Marley told us he loved calypso; Fela must give props to its influence on him; and we know about its role in Ghana's "high-life"!  Calypso and the Blues are the parents of today's vibrations - Rap, hiphop and that which is to come.
Comment by Winston A. Rodriguez on June 4, 2011 at 9:40am
I always considered Lord Pretender to be one of the best, this video proves it.
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 3, 2011 at 11:52am

Of all the calypso performance videos I've seen posted on the web, this is by far my favorite.

Like Preedy said, when talking about the best of the best of the calypso genre, the ones who belong in the hall of fame, they can't leave out The Great Pretender's name.

And somehow the New York audience manages to create a real traditional Calypso Tent atmosphere.

This is real kaiso.

I love it!

Comment by kaiso on June 3, 2011 at 11:37am
true true. The Gov't / Entertainment Promoters should be re-directing prize money to the Extempo /Rapso genre and away from Power Soca/Jab Jab music that has inflitrated the Trinibago music culture.

Hey, 20 years ago that music was out there but in T&T we had enough local artists staying true to the traditional calypso. But we now have a new generation of artists who seem to embrace the outside influncese but this has, in my oprinion, lowered the standards.
Comment by de blacksheep on June 3, 2011 at 10:48am
KAISO!!!!
Comment by GospelPan on June 2, 2011 at 11:02pm
Lord Pretender is the grand master of extemporary lyrics, he is... in my humble opinion one of the greatest calypsonians Trinidad has produced. His compositions are put together extremely well and his delivery and music complements the lyrics perfectly. It's so true, they don't make them like him anymore...
Comment by terry on June 2, 2011 at 8:25pm
Kaiso indeed!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on June 2, 2011 at 7:57pm
I know that this is a pan site, but there is a connection between calypso and pan, and great performer such as the Great Lord Pretender deserve to be recognized and remembered here.

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