50 years ago: Mighty Sparrow thrills

West bayIn the June 29, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the paper reported:

“Audience spellbound by Mighty Sparrow: Club Inferno was packed for three nights this week for the show by the Mighty Sparrow, the talented calypso singer who hails from Trinidad. He brought his own band with him which added greatly to the show as they were grand to listen to and terrific in their support of the Sparrow.

“Holding his audiences spellbound for two hours each night was a feat in itself and his polished showmanship was of the highest standard which the entertainment world can offer.

“Receiving thunderous applause were the ‘Congo Man,’ ‘Village Ram’ and ‘Obeah Wedding’ and his finale where he walks round and composes calypso verses on the spot, drawing his subjects from members of the audience, caused great hilarity.

“S.E. Nembhard and the Infernaires played for dancing on Thursday night and the Mashyiannes on Friday and Saturday.

“Congratulations to Club Inferno on bringing another extremely clever artist to the island.”
In the same issue, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Mr. Louis Garvin was taken off the Ore Titan and sent to the hospital in Pennsylvania where he had surgery on the 6th. He is now home recuperating, having arrived on the 18th.

“Arriving on the 23rd were Messrs. Zachariah Christian, who worked for the Illinois Glass Co. and returned home because of illness, Fred Ebanks who worked in Miami Ship Yard, also Denby Groves from S.S. Ore Venus.

”Miss Nella Jane Cromwell and her niece Virginia Lawrence left on Thursday after spending a very enjoyable holiday with their relatives and friends. It was Miss Cromwell’s first visit since she left home here 10 years ago, and Virginia’s first visit. They live in Jacksonville, Florida.”

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