Sparrow Sings for Lovers

by The Mighty Sparrow

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In 1963 The Mighty Sparrow recorded this album of pop standards and a few originals. This collection proves that Sparrow could croon like Brook Benton and serve up ballads with velvet tones reminiscent of Nat “King” Cole. (Sparrow admired both singers.)

Clearly RCA Victor thought Sparrow deserved a shot at extending his audience beyond the calypso market and crossing over into the broader pop field. As Sparrow's smooth and confident vocals prove, RCA's optimism was valid, even if the campaign eventually proved futile. To this day Sparrow is largely ignored outside the Caribbean communities.

"Maria" and "Rose," both of which Sparrow composed, became Sparrow standards, each re-recorded a number of times and performed countless times. "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" was originally a hit for Connie Francis. "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "The Great Pretender," two often-recorded pop treasures, are given sensitive, emotional—and convincing—treatments by Sparrow.

The only misfire is "Hucklebuck," which is no one's idea of a love song. Sparrow's take on this R&B standard should have been placed on another album. It's not bad, but it's simply out of place and disrupts an otherwise solid thematic album.

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released June 13, 2019

Erasmus Black Records
Issued under exclusive license from Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow)

"Maria," "Yvonne Sorry Now," and "Rose" by Slinger Francisco
© Railroad Town Music / Zalytron Music (BMI)

"If I Had a Girl" by Tepper/Bennett
"Hucklebuck" by Gibson/Alfred
"My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" by Greenfield/Keller
"Save the Last Dance For Me" by Doc Pomus/Mort Schuman
"Todo Me Gusta de Ti" by Esteves
"Hither, Thither and Yon" by Schreoder/Gold
"The Great Pretender" by Buck Ram
"Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow" by Adamson/McHugh
"El Reloj" by Roberto Cantoral

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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, Cole Porter, James Brown, or Brian Wilson of Calypso. He's the MIGHTY SPARROW of Calypso. He's the Last Great Calypsonian and 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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