0221 Calypso Rock N’ Roll – The Deep River Boys (1956)

The Deep River Boys.

The Deep River Boys.

The Deep River Boys, also known as The Deeps, recorded this song in 1956. It was released as a single on the Que label with The Night Is Young And You’re So Beautiful on the B-side. The song was written by Joe Willoughby and was later released in Sweden on the 1958 EP of the same name. Calypso music originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 20th century and became popular with western audiences in the 1950s.The genre’s biggest stars was Harry Belafonte who releases his album Calypso in 1956. It included two of his best-known songs Day-O and Jamaica Farewell. John Lennon wrote his first song around this time. Little is known about the song other than it’s title, Calypso Rock. This song, with a similar title, might have been an influence on John Lennon’s first song. Other songs from the “Calypso Craze” included  High Society Calypso by Louis Armstrong And His Band, Put More Wood On The Fire by Eartha Kitt, Calypso Joe by Ray Johnson and Let’s Go Calypso by Rusty Draper.

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