Decca

With the help of local businessman Eduardo Sa Gomes, the U.S. branch of Decca began recording local calypsonians during the 1935 carnival season. Initially calypsonians were sent to New York City for the recordings, but Decca brough equipment to the island in 1938 to make on-the-spot recordings at a studio set up at 58 Frederick Street.

The complete Decca recordings (including many releases that were originally banned by censors) from 1938–40 are available in a 10-CD box set by Bear Family Records, West Indian Rhythm.

The discography below comes from The Online Discographical Project, compiled by Steve Abrams and Tyrone Settlemier.

227 records.

Label Artists Title Year Format
Decca 17250
Lord Beginner, Keskidee Trio, Gerald Clark Dingo Lay / Young Girl's Touch 1935 78
Decca 17251
The Tiger, Lord Beginner, Gerald Clark One Morning / Empty Pride 1935 78
Decca 17252
Lord Beginner, Atilla the Hun Anacaona / Good Will Flyers 78
Decca 17253
Lord Beginner, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun M.C.C vs West Indies / History of Carnival 1935 78
Decca 17254
The Tiger, Lord Beginner Money Is King / Captain Cipriani 78
Decca 17255
Lord Beginner, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun King George's Silver Jubilee / Pomme Majais 1935 78
Decca 17256
Keskidee Trio, Lord Beginner St Peter's Day at Teteron Bay / Trinidad - My Home 78
Decca 17257
Keskidee Trio, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Congo Bara / Duke and Duchess of Kent 1935 78
Decca 17258
The Tiger, Keskidee Trio, Gerald Clark Marabella Wedding / Go Down the Valley 1935 78
Decca 17259
The Tiger, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Vagaries of Women / Mannie Dookie 78
Decca 17260
The Tiger, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun From Hell to Luxury / Sweet Elain 1935 78
Decca 17261
Keskidee Trio, Lord Beginner, Gerald Clark Young Boy's Scandal / War 1935 78
Decca 17262
The Tiger, Keskidee Trio, Gerald Clark Shango / Sadu Man 1935 78
Decca 17263
Keskidee Trio, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Ramon Navarro / Marian Le Go Me Man 78
Decca 17264
The Tiger, Atilla the Hun Iere Now and Long Ago / Emily 78
Decca 17265
Keskidee Trio, Atilla the Hun Women Will Rule the World / Don't Le' Me Mother Know 78
Decca 17266
Keskidee Trio, Lord Beginner, Atilla the Hun Women Are Good and Bad / Sa Gomes Emporiums 78
Decca 17267
Roaring Lion, Gerald Clark Ask No Questions / Fall of Man 1936 78
Decca 17268
The Tiger, King Radio, Gerald Clark Concertina / Try a Screw to Get Through 1936 78
Decca 17269
The Tiger, Roaring Lion Four Mills Bros / Yaraba Shango 78
Decca 17270
King Radio, Gerald Clark Preacher Man / Rumba Dance 1936 78
Decca 17271
The Tiger, King Radio, Gerald Clark Monkey / The Gold in Africa 1936 78
Decca 17272
The Tiger, Roaring Lion, Gerald Clark Bargee Pelauri / The Rats 1936 78
Decca 17273
The Tiger, Gerald Clark Delcina / Radio Maintain Your Child 1936 78
Decca 17274
The Tiger, King Radio Ma Mamaria / Sheila 78
Decca 17275
The Tiger, King Radio, Roaring Lion, … Milly / Advantage Mussolini 78
Decca 17276
The Tiger, King Radio Point Cumana / Ribs 78
Decca 17277
The Tiger, Roaring Lion Bam See Lam Bay / Movie Stars 78
Decca 17278
The Tiger, King Radio, Gerald Clark Body Line / The Whe Whe Banker Wedding 1936 78
Decca 17279
The Tiger, Roaring Lion, King Radio The Life of the Lion / Millington 78
Decca 17280
The Tiger, King Radio Blue Basin / Don't Break It, I Say 78
Decca 17281
The Tiger, Roaring Lion Lavabo / Mysterious Tunapuna Woman 78
Decca 17282
The Tiger, King Radio Texilia / Bandandea 78
Decca 17283
King Radio, Gerald Clark Abyssinian Lament / War 1936 78
Decca 17284
The Tiger, Roaring Lion Hell Yard and St George Conflict / Send You Children to Orphan Home 78
Decca 17285
The Tiger, King Radio, Roaring Lion We Ain't Fraid Nobody / I Wouldn't Work 78
Decca 17286
King Radio, Gerald Clark Unfortunate Bridegroom / Gold Diggers 1936 78
Decca 17287
King Radio, Gerald Clark Frederick Street / Man Smart, Woman Smarter 1936 78
Decca 17288
The Tiger, King Radio, Gerald Clark Workers' Appeal / Neighbor 1936 78
Decca 17289
The Tiger, King Radio Warming the Children Towards Mother / They Couldn't Stop the Masquerade 78
Decca 17290
Roaring Lion, King Radio Peggy Daniels / Radio Fifty Wives 78
Decca 17291
Gerald Clark Si-O-No / Amor a La Luz De La Luna 1936 78
Decca 17292
Gerald Clark La Rosa / Rosa Caraquena 1936 78
Decca 17293
Gerald Clark La Ingrata / Las Campanas 1936 78
Decca 17294
Gerald Clark Christiana / Castro Y Margarita 1936 78
Decca 17295
Gerald Clark Flora De Mi Corazon / Buenos Noches 78
Decca 17296
Gerald Clark Flores De Trinidad / Marguerite 78
Decca 17297
Roaring Lion, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Netty-Netty / Abdication 1937 78
Decca 17298
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Lord Executor Edward the VIII / Three Friend's Advice 1937 78
Decca 17299
Roaring Lion, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Love Thy Neighbor / Zingue Talala 1937 78
Decca 17300
Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Sally, Sally Water / Inter-Colonial Torunament 1937 78
Decca 17301
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Lord Executor Paramaribo / I Don't Know How the Young Men Living 1937 78
Decca 17302
Roaring Lion, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Out the Fire / Roosevelt in Trinidad 1937 78
Decca 17303
Gerald Clark Food Scandal / Hold Up, Black Bird, Hold Up 1937 78
Decca 17304
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Lord Executor Carnival Is We Bachanal / The Bells 1937 78
Decca 17306
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Lord Executor My Luxurious Life / My Reply to Houdini 1937 78
Decca 17307
Roaring Lion, Atilla the Hun Believes in the Land of Glory / Friends 78
Decca 17308
Lord Caresser, Lord Executor Theodore / Shop Closing Ordinance 1939 78
Decca 17311
Roaring Lion, Atilla the Hun Nora Darling / Meet Me at Sangre Grande 78
Decca 17314
Lord Caresser, Lord Executor Selassie Is Held by the Police / Reign of the Georges 78
Decca 17315
Roaring Lion, Atilla the Hun Old Lady / Man Man Biscoe 78
Decca 17316
Lord Caresser, Lord Executor Sweet Evelina / Settle With an Old Queen 78
Decca 17318
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Lord Executor Arima Fete Santa Rosa / Lindbergh Baby 1937 78
Decca 17320
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Old Ginger / Treasury Scandal 1937 78
Decca 17321
Roaring Lion, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun King George V / Modern Times 1937 78
Decca 17323
Roaring Lion, Atilla the Hun I Will String Along With You / Martiniquen 78
Decca 17326
Roaring Lion, King Radio, Gerald Clark Advantage Mussolini / He Ain't Fraid Nobody 1936 78
Decca 17327
The Tiger, King Radio, Roaring Lion The Gold in Africa / Don't Break It, I Say 78
Decca 17328
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun War (v Attila & Lion) / Ah Gertie 1937 78
Decca 17329
Roaring Lion, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun Louis Schmelling Fight / Miss Bombilla Brown 1937 78
Decca 17330
Lord Caresser, Gerald Clark, Atilla the Hun John Thomas / West Indian Federation 1937 78
Decca 17331
Roaring Lion, Lord Executor No Syne No Day / Christmas Is a Joyful Day 78
Decca 17332
Lionel Belasco Thelma / Lola 1937 78
Decca 17333
Lionel Belasco Will You, Sweetheart? / Some Day 1937 78
Decca 17334
Lionel Belasco After Midnight / Pompadour 1937 78
Decca 17335
Lionel Belasco Chiquita / Moonlight Carnival 1937 78
Decca 17336
Lionel Belasco Butterfly / Trinidad 1937 78
Decca 17337
Lionel Belasco Wait and See / Not Tonight, Josephine 1937 78
Decca 17338
Lionel Belasco Sa Gomes Emporiums / Trinidad Potpurri 1937 78
Decca 17339
Lionel Belasco Sally, You Not Ashamed? / Trinidad the Pearl of the Caribbean 1937 78
Decca 17340
Lionel Belasco Netty's Defense / El Democrato 1937 78
Decca 17341
Lionel Belasco Mama, I Don't Want to Get Married / Patricia 1937 78
Decca 17342
Lionel Belasco Zenith for Me / Trinidad Carnival 1937 78
Decca 17343
Lionel Belasco Con Su Permiso / Give Me an Ugly Girl 1937 78
Decca 17344
Felix & His Krazy Kats Josephine / Bob White 1938 78
Decca 17345
Felix & His Krazy Kats Bei Mir Bist Du Schon / Rosalie 1938 78
Decca 17346
Felix & His Krazy Kats The Dipsey Doodle / True Confession 1938 78
Decca 17347
Codallo’s Top Hatters Orchestra Hold Your Hand, Madam Kahn / Ida, Ida, Let Me Know 1938 78
Decca 17348
Lord Caresser, Roaring Lion I Am Going to Buy a Bungalow / Ruby Canera 1938 78
Decca 17349
Roaring Lion, Lord Executor Ba Boo La La / Seven Skeletons Found in the Yard 1938 78
Decca 17350
Roaring Lion, King’s Orchestra, Lord Executor, … Excursion to Grenada / Commission's Report 1938 78
Decca 17351
John “Buddy” Williams, Lord Executor, Atilla the Hun I Don't Want No Bungalow / My Troubles With Dorothy 1938 78
Decca 17352
Lord Caresser, Roaring Lion Madame Khan / Emmalene 1938 78
Decca 17353
Lord Caresser, Harmony Kings Orchestra The More They Try to Do Me Bad / Jack's Broth 1938 78
Decca 17354
Lord Caresser, John “Buddy” Williams Joe Louis / Clear the Way When the Bamboo Play 1938 78
Decca 17355
Harmony Kings Orchestra Anything for Love / Don't Touch Me 1938 78
Decca 17356
Codallo’s Top Hatters Orchestra I Want to Build a Bungalow / Bastardy - Paseo 1938 78
Decca 17357
Black Prince, Mighty Growler, Clemons Smith Old Man / The Bamboo Band 1938 78
Decca 17358
The Tiger, Mighty Growler, Cyril Monrose Only Foreigners / Civil War in Spain 1938 78
Decca 17359
The Tiger, Black Prince, Cyril Monrose Down the Road / School Boy's Adventure 1938 78

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