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Mighty Sparrow

With his ultra-sweet vocals and lyrics that speak of romance and topical politics, Mighty Sparrow (born Slinger Francisco) rose to the upper echelon of Trinidadian calypso. Best known for his hits "Jean and Dinah" in 1956 and "Carnival Boycott" in 1957, Sparrow is an 11-time winner of the calypso monarchy and an eight-time winner of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival Road March competition. Born to a poor working-class family in Gran Roi, a small fishing village in Grenada, Sparrow moved to Trinidad at the age of one. Learning to sing in the boy's choir of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, he became the head choirboy. At the age of 14, he formed a steel band to perform at the Carnival, sparking his interest in calypso. Teaching himself to play guitar, Sparrow began to write his own songs. Winning the Carnival competition with "Jean and Dinah," he received a grand prize of 40 dollars. In protest, he wrote a scorching indictment of the Trinidadian music industry, "Carnival Boycott." Despite his refusal to compete in the Carnival contests for the next three years, Sparrow became one of the Caribbean's most successful artists. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival

1. Teresa

2. Reply To Melody

3. Mad Bomber

4. Short Little Shorts

5. Eve

6. Paye

7. No More Rocking And Rolling

8. Country Girl

9. Russian Satellite

10. Stella

11. Dorothy

12. Postcard To Sparrow

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Track List: Sparrow In Hi-Fi

1. The Gun Slingers

2. Carlton Peeping At Me

3. Mr. Herbert

4. Mango Vert

5. Jean Marrabunta

6. Harry In The Piggery

7. I Love You So

8. I Should Have Told You

9. Can't You See You're Meant For Me

10. You're Mine

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Track List: Soca Anthology: Doctor Bird

Disc 1

1. Jean And Dinah

2. Congo Man

4. Bendwood Dick

5. Sparrow Dead

6. Sell The P**sy

7. Mother In-Law

8. Willie Dead

9. Tobago Girls

10. Doh Drop The Tempo

11. Gu Nu Gu

12. Love African Style

13. May May (Mae Mae)

14. Only A Fool Aka Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart

15. Lying Excuses

Disc 2

1. Mother's Love

2. Saltfish (Solfish)

3. Maria

4. Mas In Caracas

5. Sixty Million French Men

6. How You Jamming So

7. Wood In The Fire

8. Ah Fraid P**sy Bite Me

9. Sparrow Water De Garden

11. Village Ram

12. Whole Night We Jamming

13. Ten To One

14. Mr. Walker

15. Drunk & Disorderly Medley

Disc 3
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Track List: Las Jump Up!

1. Last Lap - Pt. 1 - Bacchanal

2. Doh Stop De Carnival

3. Tanty's Secret

4. Par Quiea Mweh

5. Soca Jam Back

6. Both 'O Dem

7. Last Lap - Dance Hall Medley

8. Soca Pressure

9. Shake For Carnival

10. The C**k Eyed Rooster

11. Stag The Recession Fighter

12. Last Lap - Pt. 2 - Jump Up

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Track List: Celebration

1. Play My Music

2. The Band Plays On

3. 100 Anniversary

4. Jam Back

5. What Causing Dat

6. Tobago Woman

7. Trinidad Woman

8. Panama Woman

9. Oriental Touch

10. Dutch Romance

11. Mas In Caracas

12. Nice Senorita

13. Let The Music Play

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Track List: First Flight: Early Calypsos From The Emory Cook Collection

1. No, Doctor, No (The Situation In Trinidad)

2. Sparrow Vs. Melody Picong

3. Carlton Peeping At Me

4. Harry In The Piggery

5. Mango Vert

6. Gun Slingers

7. Jean Marabunta

8. Sailor Man

9. Eve

10. Stella

11. Short Little Shorts

12. Country Girl

13. Dear Sparrow

14. Post Card To Sparrow

15. Dorothy

16. Russian Satellite

17. Mad Bomber

18. No More Rocking

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Track List: Soca Lingo

1. Par Quiea Mweh

2. Zainah

3. Lavay Macco

4. Paramaribo

5. Santo Domingo

6. Dutch Romance

7. Du Du Yemi

8. Sweet Lil Baitey

9. Marajin/Cousin

10. Nice Senorita

11. Oriental Touch

12. Panama Woman

13. Chinese Love Affair

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Track List: Man In De Bedroom

1. Phillip My Dear (Man In De Bedroom)

2. Shango Man

3. Par Quiea Mweh

4. Manje

5. Fat P**sy Cat & Rat

6. Water De Garden

7. Zinah Woye Woye

8. Lavay Macco

9. Willie Dead

10. Bag O Sugar Down Dey

11. Children Stories

12. No Kind Of Man At All

13. Neurosis Of The Rich

14. Elaine Harry & Mama

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Track List: Wanted: Dead Or Alive

1. Wanted Dead Or Alive (God Bless America)

2. Abu Bakr

3. I Love N.Y. #2

4. Human Rights

5. Mistakes That Others Make

6. Spy Dust

7. Doh Touch Me President

8. Time To Stop Racism

9. Grenada Under Siege

10. De Raperman

11. This Is Madness

12. Sedition

13. Wanted Dead Or Alive (God Bless America) (Reprise)

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Track List: Frenzy

1. Soca Jam Back

2. Doh Stop De Carnival

3. Music & Rhythm

4. Both O' Dem

5. De More De Merrier

6. Soca Pressure

7. The Music Bomb

8. Music Pan

9. Music To Wine

10. Doh Hold Me

11. The Robot

12. Bois Bande

13. Life Down In Hell

14. Shake De Thing

15. Bongo Matilda

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Track List: Sweet Talk

1. Born To Love

2. Trinidad Woman

3. My Woman

4. If She Sweeter Than You

5. Sock It To Me Baby/Sweet Loving

6. Love Me All Night

7. No Kind Ah Man At All

8. Man Before Morning

9. Sweet Veronica/Sweetnes

10. I've Got To Have You

11. Darling You Don't Know

12. Oh Gosh

13. Lu Lu

14. Yvone Sorry Now

15. Gloria

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Track List: Dirty Old Man

1. Saltfish

2. Coke Is Not It

3. Somebody In The Party

4. Petit Willie Jumping

5. Sparrow Water De Garden

6. Village Ram

7. When It Bald It Better

8. Sine He Done Day

9. Bendwood Dick

10. Jook For Jook

11. Meh No. Is 69

12. Leggo Meh Stick

13. Miss Ruby

14. Papa Jack

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Track List: Zesty

1. Cokey Eyed Rooster

2. Check Me Out

3. All Dem Tobago Gal

4. Ram Ram Byo

5. Love African Style

6. Gu Nu Gu

7. More C**k

8. Wood In De Fire

9. Yuh Go Break Meh Pogo Stick

10. Sex Education

11. Carleton Peeping At Me

12. Whole Night Ah Waiting For You

13. Give To Get

14. Steering Wheel

15. Dotish Married Man

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Track List: Top Gun

1. Dragon Dance

2. We Are The Musicians

3. Rock Yuh Body

4. How You Jamming So

5. Rope

6. Ah Doh Come So

7. The Statue

8. Doh Drop The Temp

9. We Kind Ah Music

10. Crazy John

11. Pan Jam Fete

12. Daddy Playing Priest

13. Saturday Night

14. Tell San Fernando

15. We Going Home Tonight

16. Brassorama

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Track List: Casanova

1. Doh Give It Up

2. Whole Night We Jamming

3. The Jamet

4. Woom Poom

5. Learn To Cook

6. Shake The Thing

7. Mother-In-Law

8. Peace & Love

9. Treat She Nice

10. You Don't Love Me

11. Who She Go Cry For

12. I've Got To Have You

13. Child Father

14. English Diplomacy

15. She's Been Gone Too Long

16. Bikini Girl

17. Macco Man

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Track List: Street Dancing

1. Drunk & Disorderly/ Medley

2. Bachanal Party

3. Wine Back

4. Gie We More

5. Mas' In Caracas

6. Carnival Kidnappers

7. Carnival Vendors

8. Shake Yuh Waist

9. Toronto Mas'

10. Mas' In Brooklyn

11. Dr. Bird

12. Funky Carnival

13. Rastamania

14. Trinidad Carnival

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Track List: Jamboree

1. Lying Excuses #1

2. Age Is Just A Number

3. Sixty Million Frenchmen

4. Yankee Making Love

5. Half Picked Duck

6. Grandpa Advise

7. Willie Dead

8. More Lying Excuses

9. Wabeen & Grogg

10. Take Yuh Bundle And Go

11. Bag O' Sugar Down Dey

12. Elaine Harry & Mamma

13. Move Yuh Hand

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Track List: The Supreme Serenader

1. Paramaribo

2. Santo Domingo

3. Doh Give It Up

4. Racism

5. De Raperman

6. Willie Dead

7. Bacchanal Jenny

8. Born To Love

9. Water The Garden

10. Is Norman Do Dat

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Track List: Doh Stop De Carnival

1. Doh Touch Meh President

2. Doh Stop De Carnival

3. Play My Music

4. Tanty's Secret

5. What Causing That

6. Ram Goat Advice

7. Let The Music Play

8. Yevonne

9. All In The Come

10. Cow Boy Justice

11. Par Quiea Mweh

12. Elaine Harry And Mama

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Track List: Hot + Sweet

1. Sparrow Dead

2. Chinese Love Affair

3. Jane

4. Maria

5. More C**k

6. Mr. Walker

7. Hello People

8. English Diplomacy

9. Who She Go Cry For

10. Memories

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Track List: Corruption

1. Principles Of Fairness

2. Human Rights

3. Prophet Of Doom

4. Racism

5. Weapons Of Mass Dis-Illusion

6. We Could Make It If We Try

7. Lend A Hand (Trini Unity)

8. This Is Madness

9. Cowboy Justice

10. No Money For That

11. Leave The Damn Doctor

12. Rip Off

13. Martin Luther King

14. Our Model Nation

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Track List: Down Memory Lane

1. Jean & Dinah /W Intro By Melo

2. Cowboy Melo

3. Fowl Thief Melo

4. Lying Melo (Melody Lie)

5. Madame Dracula (Wife Of Melo)

6. Play One For Melo

7. King Kong

8. Lion & Donkey (Rematch)

9. Animal Beauty Contest

10. Old Man & The Donkey

11. The Governors Ball

12. A Man Likes To Feel

13. Keep The City Clean

14. B. G. Plantain

15. B. G. War

16. Don?t Go Joe

17. Bonus ? Jean & Dinah

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Track List: Music & Rhythm (Radio Single)

1. Music & Rhythm

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Track List: Sweet Soca Ballads

1. I'll Be There (Medley)

2. United We Stand (Medley)

3. Wings Of A Dove

4. I Swear 1

5. I Gotta Be Me

6. Theme From Romeo & Juliet

7. Blame It On Me

8. Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow

9. Hither, Thither & Yon

10. Punto Negro

11. El Relo

12. Can't You See

13. Angel

14. I'll Be There (Faded Medley)

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I'm a tru trini.Been listening 2 Sparrow since I been a little girl growing up in Trinidad. Keep on keeping on Sparrow.

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