SOUNDS OF SAMAROO, Mr. Sandman, 1968Posted: December 10, 2009
I found this 45 in one of the record stores in Brattleboro last summer. Julia always seemed to be waiting for me so I listened to a couple hundred records really fast. A couple of seconds per record had to do. But otherwise I might have spent a couple of days in those stores instead of an afternoon.
Most of the 45´s at one of the stores seemed to have come from a radio station. They had little notes or, as in this case where both sides have the same labels, corrections written on them.
I´m still not sure, but I think this might be Jit Samaroo´s first record. Jit Samaroo is an arranger, composer and Steelpan musician from Trinidad. He would have been 18 years at the time. On both songs the steelpans are prominent but also backed by horns and other percussion instruments arranged and conducted by veteran orchestra leader Frank Hunter.
But I might be completely wrong. There was no information about this record on the internet. Anyway, nice cheerful tunes.
Like Herp Albert goes Calypso…