RIP Mighty Shadow!

dedetriniking

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Don't know if anybody come back to this forum any more....but we lost a pioneer today. This man changed the music.

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dedetriniking

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Man was an original.

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dedetriniking

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Early Shadow....

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socapineman

JA Soca Ambassador
Top A Toppa lyricist ......Musical General, ICON , Rep the ting and T&T to the fullest!


Real meaningful lyrics......you will be missed. R.I.P.



Man coming though the Gates singing " Dingolay "
 

TriniReporter

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VINCYPOWA

Registered Member
An ICON, A LEGEND, A MASTER LYRICIST and the BASSMAN OF SOCA.

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RIP WINSTON BAILEY, THE SHADOW.
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
We lost the creator of Soca music!
We lost the creator of Soca music 18 years ago back in July 2000 when he sadly died of bone-marrow cancer.
Shadow had a major influence on the popularity of melodic bass lines being used in calypso and soca during the 1970's but the timeline music recordings evidence clearly show that Shadow did not create soca music.

For comparison next is what typical road march style calypsos sounded like in the early 1970's before Shorty, Shadow, King Wellington, Maestro and other younger calypsonians brought about the change/modernization to Calypso that was eventually christened as Soca (originally spelled Sokah) by Shorty during 1975 while his hit "Endless Vibrations" was causing major waves at young people parties and fetes in T&T throughout that year.

MIGHTY SPARROW - DRUNK & DISORDERLY (1972 T&T ROAD MARCH)
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Written By Winsford Devine
Arranged by Earl Rodney & Backed by Sparrow's Calypso Troubadours


KITCHENER - WE WALK 100 MILES (1973 T&T ROAD MARCH CONTENDER)
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Written By Aldwyn Roberts
Arranged & Backed by Art De Coteau & His Orchestra


Shadow's "Bass Man" from 1974 is actually a calypso with the traditional calypso beat used throughout and also a traditional walking style calypso bass line during the verses of the song but with a melodic trademark Shadow style bass line during intro, chorus & outro sections of the song. Take a listen now as a reminder.

THE SHADOW - BASS MAN (1974 T&T ROAD MARCH)
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Written By Winston Bailey
Arranged & Backed by Art De Coteau Orchestra


In a similar manner King Wellington's "New Calypso Music" also from 1974 is also a calypso with the traditional calypso beat used throughout and also a traditional walking style calypso bass line during most of the song but with a funky bass line and drum break in short sections of the song. Take a listen to it here as a reminder.

KING WELLINGTON - NEW CALYPSO MUSIC (1974)
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Written By H. W. Quashie
Producer – King Wellington
Music By Calypso Backbone with Drums by Toby Tobas


So as can be clearly heard above both Shadow's "Bass Man" and King Wellington's "New Calypso Music" from 1974 are still actually Calypsos rather than Soca tracks once you take note of the beat and also the traditional walking style bassline present in both songs.
Soca on the other hand which Lord Shorty started developing from as early as 1971/72 departs from the traditional calypso beat and walking style bass lines all together.

Below are a few early soca tracks that Lord Shorty recorded during August 1972 and released for the 1973 T&T Carnival season which is before both "Bass Man" and "New Calypso Music" featured above were recorded and released for the 1974 T&T Carnival season.

LORD SHORTY - SOUL CALYPSO MUSIC (1972/73)
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Written By Garfield Blackman
Arranged By Lord Shorty, Ralph Moore & Tony Mergel
Backed by The New Direction


LORD SHORTY - I WHO HAVE NOTHING (1972/73)
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Written By Ben E. King
Arranged By Lord Shorty, Ralph Moore & Tony Mergel
Backed by The New Direction


LORD SHORTY - INDRANI (1972/73)
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Written By Garfield Blackman
Arranged By Ed Watson & Lord Shorty
Backed by Ed Watson Brass Circle & Members of Dil-E-Nadan Orchestra


And these Shorty tracks featuring the then new fusion soca beat that was inspired by Shorty's "Indrani" hit were recorded during 1973 and released for the 1974 T&T Carnival season.

LORD SHORTY - WONDER OF THE WORLD (1973/74)
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Written By Garfield Blackman
Arranged By Ed Watson & Lord Shorty
Backed by Ed Watson Brass Circle & Members of Dil-E-Nadan Orchestra


LORD SHORTY - FETEING TIME (1973/74)
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Written By Garfield Blackman
Arranged By Ed Watson & Lord Shorty
Backed by Ed Watson Brass Circle & Members of Dil-E-Nadan Orchestra


And these Shorty hit soca tracks below are the ones that led to soca finally being accepted after years of musical experiments to modernize calypso by Shorty. "Endless Vibrations was a massive hit not just in T&T but aboard in Metropolitan cities like New York, Toronto and London from the time it was released during 1974.

LORD SHORTY - DRUM SPIRITS (1974)
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Written By Garfield Blackman
Arranged By Ed Watson & Lord Shorty
Backed by Art De Coteau Orchestra


LORD SHORTY - ENDLESS VIBRATIONS (1974)
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Written By Garfield Blackman
Arranged By Ed Watson & Lord Shorty
Backed by Art De Coteau Orchestra


And this massive follow-up hit soca track to "Endless Vibrations" called "Sweet Music" was recorded by Shorty during 1975 and was released for the 1976 T&T Carnival season. After the impact of "Sweet Music" most of the younger calypsonians in T&T started to join the Soca movement and Calypso now officially had a young modern offspring called Soca which was to rapidly grow and overtake Calypso in popularity by the 1980's.

LORD SHORTY - SWEET MUSIC (1975/76)
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Written By Garfield Blackman
Arranged By Ed Watson, Earl Rodney & Lord Shorty


Shadow did what can be truly regarded as his first soca tracks featuring the new soca beat in 1976 when he recorded his mid year album called "The Flip Side of Shadow".

Here is a soca track that was also released as a single from off that mid-1976 "The Flip Side of Shadow" album.

THE SHADOW - MY MIND HAS CHANGED (mid-1976)
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Written By Winston Bailey
Arranged & Backed by Art De Coteau Orchestra


1976 was the year when most other calypso musicians in T&T bought into what Shorty had done to modernize calypso and labelled as Soca and they all started to contribute towards the rapidly growing Soca Movement.

Here is Maestro's first attempt at doing Soca that came out for T&T Carnival 1976.

MAESTRO - THE MIX (1976)
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Written By Cecil Hume
Arranged & Backed by Art De Coteau Orchestra


And here is Maestro first full blown soca track that came out in mid-1976 around the time that Shadow also recorded and released his full full blown soca tracks featured on his "The Flip Side of Shadow" album.

MAESTRO - SAVAGE (mid-1976)
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Written By Cecil Hume
Arranged & Backed by Pelham Goddard & Charlie's Roots
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
Let me expand on my statement, is Shadow and Art that create Soca!
I have already supplied accurate timeline music recording evidence above in post #10 that proves otherwise.

You can state anything you BELIEVE but you need to supply accurate timeline music recording evidence to back your statement before it can be taken as being factual.

Over to you to prove what you stated because just stating what you believe proves nothing in reality.

And btw Art De Coteau was one of the old school calypso arrangers who spoke out against Soca when it was introduced by Shorty. Are you aware of that fact?
 
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