Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Tarriers

The original calypso group. Vince Martin was the leader, and Erik Darling went off to for The Rooftop Singers, and Alan Arkin went off to be an actor. This is the original single.

The Tarriers:

The Banana Boat Song – Calypso’s signature song. Said to be a Jamaican folk song, it was recorded here and there in the early 50s, and it seems to have been picked up by Harry Belafonte first as part of the calypso thing. This is a smooth folky version, with just enough patois to make it authentic. It was a hit in the winter of 1957. It was also a hit by Belafonte, by The Fontane Sisters, and by Stan Freberg.

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