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The Mighty Sparrow

July 29, 2010

I’m a big fan of the Mighty Sparrow.  He’s often very sharp politically and socially.  He often very funny too.  Sometimes he’s outrageously funny.  You can’t quite believe what he’s singing.

Other times, songs don’t work as well.  He can be too serious or too frivolous.  Yet even here, there are dumb throw aways and great throw aways.  I have to admit that I’ve only scratched the surface of his lifetime output.

He is also called Slinger Francisco.   I once saw him perform at a free Summer concert in New York City.  It was a memorable show.

I know his earlier, classic work better than his newer stuff.  That 4 CD Ice Records set is wonderful (I’ve got 3 out of 4) plus I’ve got a few LPs on vinyl.  Long live the Mighty Sparrow!

http://www.mightysparrow.com/

Bio:

http://www.mightysparrow.com/biopage.htm

lyrics to 1964’s Martin Luther King For President:

http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiMLKING1.html

Barack the Magnificent:

http://kid5rivers.blogspot.com/2008/02/barack-magnificent-lyrics.html

The Ice Records Series:

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/2916489/a/Volume+Four.htm

http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=941&name=Mighty+Sparrow

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Records

Recent health problems and death rumors:

http://www.trinidadandtobagonews.com/blog/?p=4078

One of his songs deals hilariously with death rumors!


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