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The 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
full bio

Selected Discography

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 was born in Trinadad listening to his music it the mighty Sparrow but hearing him again brings back memory's you go Sparrow
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sheron.david s o n
Love the Mighty Sparrow. His lyrics are outrageously hilarious and provocative.
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Sparrow is the best music to listen and dance!
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So when you bounce up Jean and Dinah
Rosita and Clementina, round the corner posing
Bet your life is something they selling
And if you catch them
You can get em all for nothing
Don't make no row, the yankees gone, Sparrow take over now
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Wrong artist for this track
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AH AFRAID P**SY BITE ME!
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Back in the early90's mighty sparrow sang a song called bag of sugar. I can't find it anywhere. If anyone knows this song please send in message here. Many thanks M.
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ja9e5
An amazing artist! This brings back great memories. V.I. representing always!!
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I love Mighty Sparrow songs. Growing in St Maarten in the mid 80's my Haitian parent played his song alot. I love music Calypso, Kompa, Soca, Zouk etc,
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Mlmmlghtyspa . O. Want
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Reminds me of my father.Been lisinng for over 40 years. True Virgin Islands representing ! ! !
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gmcneil70
Metal Sparrow at the 1965 worlds fair. Been listening to his music since the 60's. Makes me home sick for Barbados.
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Mighty Sparrow is the best when my father died they played his music at his funeral because mighty Sparrow was my father's favorite he loves all his music so I recommend that they play mighty Sparrow music at my father's funeral
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You want to be happy always listen to Calypso .... You always be smiling and dancing to Calypso music!!!
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Sparrow may happiness love and joy be with you brother always. Jah love.
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CALYPSO IS MY FAVOURITE MUSIC AND I DON'T KNOW HOW SOME PEOPLE COULD SAY THAT THEY DO NOT LOVE CALYPSO. TO ME CALYPSO WAKES UP EVERY BONE IN THE BODY. KEEP ON PLAYING THIS SOUL SATISFYING MUSIC. nathaniel419 4 @ y a h o o . c o m .
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Greatest calypsonion
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bewod
shout out to Sparrow from Blondie and my husband Carl Williams. Give me a shout back.
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mjcaiseda
Me getting homesick to lisen to dem good Calypso
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Always loved Sparrow. Grew up with him.
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I love Sparrow. David Gallagher introduced Sparrow to me in 1966. David's friend John Fuller lived in Antigua. I can't tell you "man" what fun we all had back then! "Yes man sweet you know" Lynn


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..he Grenadian...
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Love it Great memories.
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I love his music have grown up listening to Sparrow & Harry Belafonte.lo v e them both
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If it was not for virgin island people calypso would of been unnone
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True calypso! I love it!
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kramlal41
He was born in Grenada but moved to Trini when he was a year old.
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One of the Caribbean's greatest artists!.!.!
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Sparrow is not from Triny
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trinidad land of calipso music
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cali.staa
how lovely!!! sparrow on pandora!!!
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boboconn
THE GREATEST
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rbalgobin
Sparrow is the King of Calypso.
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His Christmas vol. 2 medley is awesome! You have to get it for the holidays....
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Truly ahead of his time. None ever, ever, better. We talk about his singing, but I think the greater is ability to write these songs.
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peru525
The best ever
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Does anyone have a digital copy of "Brenda"?
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I am so glad that sparrow accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour and he sings about this as well
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My country man...he really is the best.
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a fan for over 40 year, he is the best,his diction so clear, you can undestand him better than other calypsonians , and his music is great, one cannot help but dance.
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gritter59
real carribbean music
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love his music has been A fan for 40 years
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love that song Hot, hot, hot but what is the real name of it, anyone know?
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calipso is sweet give me moore

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