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The Mighty Sparrow King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival CK-00920-CCD CCD
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FormatOn Demand CD
Ordering NumberCK-00920-CCD
labelSmithsonian Folkways CCD
Release date06/04/2005
Release date01/01/1959

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      Calypso King Mighty Sparrow (née Slinger Francisco) is known for provocative and often bawdy lyrics, at one point describing rival Lord Melody's face as " a crocodile." Beyond this professional rivalry, Sparrow jokes about politics ("I am very sorry for the poor little puppy in the Russian Satellite [Sputnik]") and women ("darling, you are the one I love, you are my turtle dove"). Three songs from this recording were reissued in 2000 on Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection (SFW40453): "Teresa," "Reply to Melody" and "Paye."

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