Roaring Lion

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Roaring Lion

Calypsonian (calypso singer add

Category: Music

Born in 1908.

Countries: United States (75%), Trinidad and Tobago (25%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Decca Records, Billboard Hot 100, Lord Invader




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Roaring Lion was born in 1908 add something


His career officially began in 1924; he cut his first sides in his late teens add something


He recorded extensively between the 1930s and 1950s, and was one of the calypsonians who deserves the most credit for the increasing international popularity of the genre during this period add something


His 65-year career began in the early 1930s and he is best known for his compositions "Ugly Woman" , "Mary Ann" and "Netty, Netty", which are still performed today add something


In March 1934 the Trinidadian phonograph merchant Eduardo Sa Gomes sent Roaring Lion and Attila The Hun to New York to record; they became the first calypsonians to record abroad add something


He championed orphanages throughout his career, with songs such as 1940s "Orphan home", for example add something


Lord Invader - Lured by Decca Records, he travelled to New York City in 1941 with other calypsonians such as Roaring Lion and Atilla the Hun to make records and promote calypso music


The song "If You Wanna Be Happy", which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 May 1963, as well as the R&B singles chart, is based on Roaring Lion's "Ugly Woman" add something


In a 1990 interview, Roaring Lion stated that "from fear that I might be styled a thief, I only use Rafael Deleon add something


Roaring Lion continued recording through the 1990s; his later recordings feature electronic and soca backgrounds, though he continued to sing in the classic early calypso style add something

Roaring Lion died in 1999 add something


Roaring Lion died on 11 July 1999, at the age of 91, in Mt. Lambert, Trinidad add something


In 2002 Akenathon announced plans to turn his father's Mt. Lambert property into a Roaring Lion Museum add something