Note: Notes from Rounder Records release "Calypso After Midnight" read: "This is a typical layaway or road march, a calypso to be sung and improvised upon while dancing in the streets during Carnival. Its chorus is taken from a Lord Invader composition of the same title that was recorded in 1939 (Decca 17426), when the Trinidad festival was threatened by the prospects of war with Germany. The Duke of Iron committed his version to wax in 1945 (Stinson 105 – 3)."
About the session: A live recording of "Calypso At Midnight," a concert held at Town Hall, New York City, on December 21, 1946. Learning that Town Hall could be rented cheaply after regular theater hours, Alan Lomax produced a late-night concert series called The Midnight Special, which was thematically organized as "Blues At Midnight," "Ballads At Midnight," etc., and sponsored by the People's Songs Collective. The calypso concert recordings, made at Lomax's request and later found by chance in a closet by Bess Lomax Hawes, may be the only extant documents of this series. "This concert is a fascinating document of an American presentation of Trinidadian calypso at a time when interest in the genre was spreading from New York City into the mainstream of popular music in the United States" (Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley, Calypso At Midnight [Rounder CD 1860])
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