Melody vs. Sparrow (A Friendly Calypso Feud)

by Mighty Sparrow & Lord Melody

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Cowboy Melo 03:20
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Marjorie 03:08
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Melody Lie 03:28
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Picong Duel 04:26
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They were friends and musical rivals for decades. Over the years, Lord Melody (Fitzroy Alexander, 1926–1988) sang calypsos insulting the Mighty Sparrow (and his wife, "Belmont Jackass"), and Sparrow (Slinger Francisco, b. 1935, still alive) sang calypsos insulting Melody (and his wife, "Madame Dracula"). Some tracks appeared on albums, others only as stray 45 rpm singles. These brash, satirical songs have never before been collected in one album. Until now.

In addition, this release includes the entirety of the 1960 instrumental album Cyril Diaz and His Orchestra Play Melody & Sparrow. Throughout the 1950s, saxophonist Diaz and his band provided musical accompaniment on recordings by Sparrow, Melody, Lord Christo, King Striker, the Mighty Dictator, Lord Commander, and other legendary calypsonians.

There are at least two more recordings by Melody that take a whack at Sparrow: "Sparrow Ugly Too" and "Corbeau Flying High (Reply To Sparrow No. 3)." However, these recordings are rare and we have yet to turn up copies. ‎

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released June 19, 2020

Audio restoration and compilation by Irwin Chusid, 2020.

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The Mighty Sparrow Trinidad and Tobago

He's not the Elvis of Calypso. He's not the Sinatra of Calypso. He's not the Beatles, Dylan, James Brown, or Brian Wilson of Calypso. He's the MIGHTY SPARROW. Often categorized as "World Music," for Sparrow the classification "World" is simply too small. We're working with Slinger Francisco (Sparrow) to preserve his recorded legacy. All releases digitally restored from best available sources. ... more

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