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  Mighty Sparrow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mighty Sparrow (born Slinger Francisco, July 9, 1935, in Grandroy Bay, Grenada, West Indies) is a Calypso singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
He was born in Grenada on July 9, 1935, but moved to Trinidad at a young age.
Sparrow refused to participate in the Carnival Road March for the next three years, but still became one of the Caribbean's most successful artists.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mighty_Sparrow   (141 words)

 Jamaica Gleaner - Mighty Sparrow closes off night of word artistry - Monday | November 17, 2003
THE MIGHTY Sparrow closed off a night of sheer verbal artistry at the Mas Camp, New Kingston on Saturday night with nimble words from his lips and flexible prods from his hips.
Sparrow seemed to turn time in the same direction as the blue cap reversed on his head on a night when he opened with the classic Jean and Dinah and closed with Don' Do Dat ­ which is exactly what the dwindling audience asked him not to do.
There were probably three classic Sparrow moments that night which went beyond being simply snippets of performance to defining a man who looked and performed as if he was much younger than the 48 years in music he was celebrating.
www.jamaica-gleaner.com /gleaner/20031117/ent/ent2.html   (658 words)

 The Mighty Sparrow turns 69   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Might Sparrow, or the Birdie as he is affectionately known, has undoubtedly revolutionised calypso music, with a career that spans over 50 years and counting and more than 70 albums to his name.
Sparrow also holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Letters from the University of the West Indies as well as the honorary title of Chief of the Yorubas.
The Mighty Sparrow was born Slinger Francisco in 1935 in Gran Roi, a rural fishing village in Grenada to a poor working class family.
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 Slinger The Mighty Sparrow Francisco - Caribbean Hall of Fame
Sparrow was also influenced by American street quartets, pop tunes and the early calypsos of Lord Melody, Lord Kitchener, Lord Christo, Lord Invader (of Rum and Coca Cola fame) and the Mighty Spoiler, to name a few.
At the tender age of 20, Sparrow emerged released the first in a long line of hits “Jean and Dinah.” In 1958 he became the only calypsonian to have had a triple win in the same year in the Road March Competition.
Sparrow is an 11 time Calypso Monarch and has won the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March Competition eight (8) times.
caribbean.halloffame.tripod.com /Slinger_The_Mighty_Sparrow_Francisco.html   (397 words)

 Slinger Francisco from Grenada the Mighty Sparrow top Calypsonian Trinidad Carnival King
Sparrow's mother found him a job at the Control Board for $50 a month, but the singing bird decided that he preferred calypso as a means to earn a living.
Sparrow contends that his ability to make his voice do anything out of necessity explains some of his appeal.
Sparrow caters to both the intellectuals and the dancers in his songs, and considers himself a "mouthpiece of the underprivileged," discussing issues that affect the population of the world at large.
www.caribzones.com /icerecordssparrow.html   (602 words)

 The Calypso Tent of the Air - A Tribute to the Mighty Sparrow
Certainly, Sparrow was responsible for changing the structure of Calypso from the restrictive 12-bar music idiom to an internationally acceptable form of letting the lyrics dictate the idiom and the notes.
Sparrow's achievement was attained by much hard work, study, due diligence, and the ability to make his music as relevant as possible to his audience worldwide.
Thus, since 1956, Sparrow, with his own distinct imprint on the art form, has dominated the Caribbean consciousness, and ever since then it is clear that Sparrow had been branching away from the traditional limitation of Calypso composition by introducing longer lines and an entirely new concept of Calypso phrasing.
www.kaiso.net /tsparrow.htm   (1102 words)

 Music of Trinidad and Tobago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago is best known as the homeland of calypso music, including 1950s stars Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow.
Mighty Sparrow's first hit was Jean and Dinah, celebrating the departure of American military forces from Trinidad; the song launched a new generation of politically active calypso music, which soon became associated with the People's National Movement.
Roaring Lion was also a major part of this vanguard in calypso music, and he became known for a traditionalist style that he maintained throughout his career.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago   (1609 words)

 The Mighty Sparrow
Slinger Francisco, better known as The Mighty Sparrow, affectionately dubbed, The Birdie is the unrivaled Calypso King of the World, with a career that spans over 40 years and counting.
Sparrow's roots are in Gran Roi, a rural fishing village in Grenada.
Sparrow continued to climb the ladder of success while becoming the most popular caypsonian of all time.
www.mightysparrow.com /biopage.htm   (1726 words)

 Slinger Francisco - The Mighty Sparrow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
These two have contributed enormously to the art of calypso, and to bow to the practice of selecting just one required the establishment of a fine line encircling certain criteria, particularly the global impact the calypsonian has had, and the influence on the conditions and structure of calypso.
Sparrow was born in Grenada but his mother, Clarissa came to join her husband, Rupert in Trinidad when he was eighteen months old, and this is where he grew up and calls home.
At a time when calypsonians were not highly regarded, and their art form was not given the kind of recognition it deserved, Sparrow forced the calypsonians to see the possibilities they could explore to gain respect, independence and income.
www.nalis.gov.tt /Biography/bio_MightySparrow_millennium_calypsonian.htm   (1004 words)

 ABC News: Mighty Sparrow to Perform in Trinidad   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Singer Francisco, also known as "The Mighty Sparrow," and the king of Calypso sings during a concert celebrating Haiti's bicentennial at Carnegie Hall in New York in this Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004 file photo.
Sparrow will perform next week in Trinidad to celebrate his 70th birthday, the government announced.
Mighty Sparrow was born Slinger Francisco on July 9, 1935, in Grandroy Bay, Grenada.
abcnews.go.com /Entertainment/wireStory?id=902220   (221 words)

 Profile of the Mighty Sparrow
Sparrow was rewarded with the Calypso Crown of 1956 for his song "Jean And Dinah", which protested about the fallout from Americans who had left Trinidad's military bases.
Sparrow's popularity was such that in the 50s and 60s he was capable of filling a venue such as New York's Madison Square Gardens.
Sparrow's achievement over the years was attained by much hard work, study, due diligence, and the ability to make his music as relevant as possible to his audience worldwide.
spiceislander.com /pages/calypsoians/profile_of_the_mighty_sparrow.htm   (520 words)

 Jamaica Gleaner - The Mighty Sparrow to retire? - 'Perish the thought!' - Friday | April 20, 2001
CALYPSO KING, the Mighty Sparrow might be salacious on stage, but at home he is a family man first and foremost.
The Mighty Sparrow will be 66 years old on July 9 this year and is still strutting.
Sparrow, who has dominated the Caribbean calypso scene since the 1950s, feels the CARICOM award is a kind of Caribbean Knighthood.
www.jamaica-gleaner.com /gleaner/20010420/ent/ent1.html   (799 words)

 Caribbean Net News: The Mighty Sparrow celebrates his 69th birthday
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad: Architect, Father and Calypso King of the World, Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow) is in full gear for his celebratory concert this weekend at Queens Hall where he is also expected to be commemorating his 69th birthday.
Sparrow’s long time hits such as, 10 —1, Gene and Dinah, Mara Jean et al are today’s classics and are still considered to be dancehall hits.
An open minded Sparrow said that young artistes like Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin are going through a phase in their musical career and is not worried about where they will take the art form.
www.caribbeannetnews.com /2004/07/17/sparrow.htm   (350 words)

 ACME Heroes: The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Melody :: The London News Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Obviously, Sparrow was not going to take this lying down and came back with a couple of tracks, Cowboy Melo ("Shame on you, Mel!") and "Madame Dracula (Wife of Melo)", five smooth danceable minutes which are as complimentary about Melo's missus (Lady Melody?) as the title suggests.
Sparrow suggests that Melody's wedding was a rum-soaked disaster where the groom wore an ill-fitting jacket, and as for the bride, Melo implies that Frank Sinatra has her in mind when singing "The Lady is a Tramp", "and that why everyone call she Madame Dracula".
Sparrow, you see, had wholeheartedly embraced the development of the '80s sound of soca, which would be a bit like if Bob Dylan had decided to do a disco album, with according outrage from purists.
www.lnreview.co.uk /music/001683   (1284 words)

 SLINGER FRANCISCO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
At age 20, the Mighty Sparrow, became recognised as a leading calypsonian with "Jean and Dinah" (1956).
Sparrow went on to compose and sing many more memorable tunes including "Congo Man" and "Drunk and Disorderly" and has produced over seventy (70) albums.
Sparrow has also been awarded the 1993 Chaconia Gold Medal from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Order of the Caribbean Community the Highest Award of the Caricom Secretariat.
www.nalis.gov.tt /Biography/slingerfranciscobio.htm   (161 words)

 BBC - 1Xtra - Mighty Sparrow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Mighty Sparrow was born Slinger Francisco in Grand Roi, Grenada in1935.
He was originally called Little Sparrow because he used to bob up and down on stage like a little bird, whilst most other calypsonians were stationary.
The Mighty Sparrow has released over 70 albums, won numerous international awards, various Road March and Calypso Monarch titles, has a career that spans over 50 years and also has a life—size statue of himself in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
www.bbc.co.uk /1xtra/morestyles/mightysparrow.shtml   (278 words)

 miaminewtimes.com | Music | The Mighty Sparrow | 2005-10-20   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But once Sparrow moved to Trinidad in the Fifties, he spread his wings and soon earned his title as the undisputed king of calypso music.
The bitter sting in Sparrow's misogynistic melodies "Stella," "Eve," and the infamous "Jean Marabunta" is somewhat sweetened by his soaring approximations of Fifties-era crooners.
But Sparrow proves he isn't all hypersexualized swagger in "Russian Satellite," a tender lament for Laika, the "poor little puppy" sent to die in space in 1957.
www.miaminewtimes.com /Issues/2005-10-20/music/rotations3.html   (171 words)

 Mighty Sparrow: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com - All about Mighty Sparrow
Mighty Sparrow: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com - All about Mighty Sparrow
Mighty Sparrow (real name Slinger Francisco) was a Calypso singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
In 1956, he won that year's Carnival Road March[?] Competition with his most famous song, "Jean and Dinah." His prize was $40, and in protest of the small sum, he wrote "Carnival Boycott" the following year, a song which spoke out against Trinidad's carnival industry.
www.encyclopedian.com /mi/Mighty-Sparrow.html   (130 words)

 HYP RECORDS/Vinyl Safari: Calypso--The Mighty Sparrow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The career of "Sparrow," born Slinger Francisco, is the history of modern calypso.
From the start, Sparrow revolutionized calypso, and only the records from his first few years can be compared to those of hi-fi era calypsonians.
Sparrow developed calypso itself, contributed a staggering number of hit songs, repeatedly captured the crown, and produced many other artists.
www.hipwax.com /music/calyp_ms.html   (459 words)

 Sparrow's Nest
In the responses to Keith's invitation to choose the king of the century, two names have been steadily presented: the Lord Kitchener and the Mighty Sparrow.
This remarkable abundance has led to criticism that he was not composing all of his music; but then, very few calypsonians can honestly claim to have composed all their songs.
In 1984, the city of New York declared May 18th Mighty Sparrow's Day, as the City of Winnipeg did on June 3, 1987, and the Borough of Brooklyn did on August 25, 1990.
www.ecaroh.com /sparrows_nest.htm   (1190 words)

 Amazon.ca: Music: 16 Carnival Hits [Import] [Best of]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Together, Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow represent two generations of calypso, although in many ways you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference; the basic calypso sound is unchanged and the lyrical dexterity and subject matter are the same.
While Sparrow is known internationally for his smooth voice and provocative lyrics, Lord Kitchener was always more respected in Trinidad for his cleverly camouflaged double entendres and rich musical compositions...compositions that always took the orchestral needs of the steel pan players into consideration.
Mighty Sparrow once again provides a series of classic rhythms for soca fans in need of a lift.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004Y6M6   (762 words)

 Caribbean Music 101 - Trinidad's Calypso Music; Origin, Calypsonians, Influences
Together with Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow dominated the calypso scene until the late 1970s.
The Mighty Sparrow has continued to record and to date has produced some 90 albums.
Also, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has awarded the Mighty Sparrow with the Caribbean's highest award, the Order of the Caribbean, for outstanding contribution to the development of the region.
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 The Mighty Sparrow - Topix.net
The Mighty Sparrow, the reigning King of Calypso, will be performing his classics and more at Harlem's Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., on Saturday in a benefit concert celebrating the singer-songwriter's 50th...
The Mighty Sparrow, marching with Mayor Bloomberg in last week's West Indian Day Parade, drew the wrath of jilted Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz.
LOWELL When The Mighty Sparrow transformed Boarding House Park into a tropical venue Friday night with their spirited calypso music, Sue Leggat was there.
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 etnobofin: The Mighty Sparrow: Calypso King of the World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Mighty Sparrow: Calypso King of the World
Slinger Francisco, better known as "The Mighty Sparrow", was born in Grenada in the 1930s but moved to Trinidad as a young child.
He had his first hit in 1956 at the age of 20, and continues to perform and record to this day, becoming the dominant voice in calypso and "soca" (soulful calypso) in the 1960s.
etnobofin.blogspot.com /2005/03/mighty-sparrow-calypso-king-of-world.html   (335 words)

 Great Calypso Music From Trinidad
The other is the 1950's calypso from the legendary Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener among others.
Kitchener and Sparrow songs have the most wit and humor of the Calypsonian's that I've heard.
The 1950's calypso recordings sound more refined with much clearer vocals, but I still spend more time with the older recordings for reasons that are unclear to me. The above Mighty Sparrow lyrics all came from Mighty Sparrow volume one (Ice records).
www.coldbacon.com /music/calypso.html   (1434 words)

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