CALYPSO: A WORLD MUSIC
HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN FLORIDA
Introduction
Calypso in Trinidad
International Calypso
Artists
Songs
Calypso Today

Calypso Artists: Biographies

Fitzroy Alexander (Lord Melody)

Lord Melody began singing in the calypso tents in the mid-1940s and was one of the leaders of the Young Brigade tent during the 1950s and early 1960s. He also regularly toured the Caribbean. In 1954 he won Trinidad's Calypso King title and, during the latter 1950s, recorded for American Emory Cook's label. His self-deprecating song "Mama Look a BooBoo" became a hit during the 1956-57 American "calypso craze," during which it was recorded by Harry Belafonte, Robert Mitchum and many others singers. Melody went on to compose a number of other songs that poked fun at his own appearance, such as "Creature from the Black Lagoon," and frequently sparred in song with the Mighty Sparrow on this topic. The humorous rivalry between the two calypsonians was immensely popular with audiences. Another one of Melody's calypsos, "Shame and Scandal" (composed in 1962), became an international hit and was recorded in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

In the late 1960s, Melody moved to New York City and worked for a period with Harry Belafonte. He also recorded with Straker's Records and Charlie's Records, two new Caribbean recording companies in Brooklyn. He died in 1988. Melody was one of the best loved of all calypsonians; audiences particularly appreciated his humorous perspective on the human condition.


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