The Mighty Sparrow

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link analyst-kid Joined: Feb 21, 2003
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9/14/20, 8:41:10 AM 
Hearing rumors about him....might not be true....checking with my Trini peeps and New York peeps here.

link sudden Joined: Nov 26, 2006
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9/14/20, 8:46:36 AM 
In reply to analyst-kid

what rumours? he has COVID, he is gay, he has an outside child?

link analyst-kid Joined: Feb 21, 2003
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9/14/20, 8:47:36 AM 
Rumors of his passing. Sudden he is 85 years old.

link sudden Joined: Nov 26, 2006
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9/14/20, 8:48:24 AM 
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why didnt you say so?

link Cheeks Joined: Dec 2, 2002
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9/14/20, 9:25:06 AM 
Sparrow has 'died' sooo many times before.phew.

link Chrissy Joined: Nov 13, 2002
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9/14/20, 9:49:26 AM 
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Yep - I posted on of them but he is 85

link Benjie Joined: Nov 28, 2002
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9/14/20, 11:30:53 AM 
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Swallow died

link Halliwell Joined: May 13, 2005
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9/14/20, 2:26:36 PM 
Well?
Dead or fake news?
confused

link VIX Joined: Feb 6, 2003
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9/14/20, 2:32:12 PM 
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King Swallow is dead.

link analyst-kid Joined: Feb 21, 2003
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9/14/20, 5:18:47 PM 
I know of Swallow’s passing.....maybe someone mixed up Swallow with Sparrow....has to be someone who doesnt know much of calypso/soca because King Swallow is a legend himself.

link methodic Joined: Jan 17, 2010
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9/14/20, 6:25:41 PM 
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Swallow was good. I enjoyed his songs and seeing him perform.

link cherri Joined: Feb 15, 2004
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9/14/20, 7:10:18 PM 
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Yuh get yuh birds mix up or wuh.....

link camos Joined: May 5, 2003
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9/14/20, 7:31:11 PM 
does/did Sparrow write for himself ?

link methodic Joined: Jan 17, 2010
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9/14/20, 8:26:51 PM 
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I know he wrote Jean and Dinah as a commercial before he made it into a calypso. So he wrote songs, great songs. I also heard that he sang some songs that other people wrote for him.
It was also said that he wrote "Die with my dignity" for Singing Sandra, a great calypso that won at the Carifesta celebrations. It was also said he wrote "One day" for Natasha Wilson, another great calypso.

link tops Joined: Jan 12, 2003
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9/14/20, 8:42:29 PM 
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But how many times they kill the man, He had to be a profet big grin

link camos Joined: May 5, 2003
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9/15/20, 8:53:21 AM 
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thanks! he is probably the best story teller in the Caribbean.

link analyst-kid Joined: Feb 21, 2003
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9/15/20, 12:24:18 PM 
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Most of the songs Sparrow famous for over the last 50 years were written by Winsford (Joker) Devines.

One Day ( Sung by Natasha Wilson), Capitalism Gone Mad,Philip my Dear, Lying Excuses, In Time to Come (Sung by Crazy) all written by Trinidad's No.1 songwriter Winsford Devines

Sparrow, however wrote Jean and Dinah.


Die with my Dignity, sung by Singing Sandra was written by former monarch Tobago Crusoe.

He also wrote for Sandra the classic THE WAR WILL GO ON. Sandra won the Carifesta competition singing BOTH of Tobago Crusoe's songs.

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9/15/20, 12:34:18 PM 

link analyst-kid Joined: Feb 21, 2003
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9/15/20, 12:55:58 PM 
The part I like about Devines is when he start a friendship with Bolong, a badjohn who told him ...We going get all your rights (copyrights)

"Bolong had three fellas in a car - Arnim Smith was there - and we gone by the tent first. He tell Blakie: 'I want you to sign here that al these is Devine calypsos.' It was a little piece of paper with a list. He sign or you wouldn't want to know."

Next they went to Sparrow, who claimed he couldn't remember what Devine had written. Bolong allowed him to refresh his memory, and the following day he too signed.

link Maispwi Joined: Feb 3, 2003
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9/15/20, 1:41:57 PM 
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Some ah dem ole time kaisonians were real reluctant to acknowledge dere writers. For years Short Shirt wudn give Shelly Tobitt credit

link methodic Joined: Jan 17, 2010
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9/15/20, 2:35:16 PM 
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thanks

link VIX Joined: Feb 6, 2003
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9/15/20, 2:45:53 PM 
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check this!

link methodic Joined: Jan 17, 2010
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9/15/20, 2:47:56 PM 
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can you provide any reference on Crusoe who is a great composer also writing "die with my dignity"?

link methodic Joined: Jan 17, 2010
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9/15/20, 2:51:24 PM 
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way you find dat? lol

link sudden Joined: Nov 26, 2006
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9/15/20, 3:36:38 PM 
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nice bit of history Kid

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