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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, Rovi
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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
You want to be happy always listen to Calypso .... You always be smiling and dancing to Calypso music!!!
Sparrow may happiness love and joy be with you brother always. Jah love.
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 .
Greatest calypsonion
bewod
shout out to Sparrow from Blondie and my husband Carl Williams. Give me a shout back.
mjcaiseda
Me getting homesick to lisen to dem good Calypso
Always loved Sparrow. Grew up with him.
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


..he Grenadian...
Love it Great memories.
I love his music have grown up listening to Sparrow & Harry Belafonte.lo v e them both
If it was not for virgin island people calypso would of been unnone
True calypso! I love it!
kramlal41
He was born in Grenada but moved to Trini when he was a year old.
One of the Caribbean's greatest artists!.!.!
Sparrow is not from Triny
trinidad land of calipso music
cali.staa
how lovely!!! sparrow on pandora!!!
boboconn
THE GREATEST
rbalgobin
Sparrow is the King of Calypso.
His Christmas vol. 2 medley is awesome! You have to get it for the holidays....
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.
peru525
The best ever
mperez927
Does anyone have a digital copy of "Brenda"?
I am so glad that sparrow accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour and he sings about this as well
My country man...he really is the best.
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.
gritter59
real carribbean music
love his music has been A fan for 40 years
love that song Hot, hot, hot but what is the real name of it, anyone know?
calipso is sweet give me moore

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