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Wilmoth Houdini: Poor But Ambitious: Calypso Classics

Track List

>Sweet Like a Honey Bee
>Song No. 99
>Uncle Jo' Gimme Mo'!
>Trifling Men
>No Mo' Bench and Board
>Sweet Papa Willie
>Honey I'm Bound to Go
>Cooks in Trinidad, The
>Arima Tonight, Sangre Grande Tomorrow Night
>Black But Sweet
>I Need a Man
>Stop Coming and Come
>Tiger Tom Kill Tiger Cat
>That Big Black Woman
>West Indian Sugar Crop
>Unfortunate Milley
>Teacher Nose Gay the Shouter
>Mickey Cipriani's Career (Sports Car)
>Glorius Centenary
>Cipriani's and Bradshaw's Death
>Bandsman Shooting Case
>African Love Call
>Devil Behind Me, The
>Poor But Ambitious

Album Notes

Personnel: Wilmoth Houdini (vocals), Gerald Clark (guitar, banjo, cuatro), Joshy Paris (guitar), Cyril Monrose (violin), Charlie Vincent (banjo), Walter Edwards (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Walter Bennett (cornet), Berry Barrow (piano), Al Morgan (acoustic bass).

Includes liner notes by John Cowley.

Personnel: Wilmoth Houdini (vocals, percussion); Gerald Clark (guitar, cuatro, banjo); Joshy Paris (guitar); Charlie Vincent (banjo); Cyril Monrose (violin); Gerald Clark String Band (strings); Walter Edwards (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Walter Bennett (cornet); Berry Barrow (piano).

Liner Note Author: John Cowley.

Recording information: New York, NY (1928-1940).

Editor: Chris Strachwitz.

Unknown Contributor Role: Gerald Clark.

An expanded version of an earlier LP with an assortment of Houdini's recordings with string band, tamboo bamboo, and a small 'Jazz' orchestra (Gerald Clark's Night Owls). The notes are a little dated (they were written in 1984) but they hold up pretty well. There are no transcriptions of lyrics and no explanations of the added songs. ~ Don Hill


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