The 12 Discs of Christmas 2010 #3


Lord Beginner - Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning (Decca 17424, 1939)

Here's a track that's nothing but fun, recorded by Calypso great Lord Beginner in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in 1939 before he emigrated to the U.S. and, eventually, the U.K. with Lord Kitchener in 1948, where he'd find his greatest fame with topical tunes like General Election, about Clement Attlee's 1950 win at the polls, and Victory Test Match, about the West Indies' 1950 triumph over England at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning has a bit of topicality about it as well, referring to Port-of-Spain street tough John John Cobo, but mostly it's a wild description of a holiday party with scores of dancing men and women, including Gwendolyn who was "was waggin' she dustbin" to the point where even Beginner had to bawl, "Gwen, you're edging me teeth/Rollin' that t'ing all over the street!"

You can find this track--recorded with John "Buddy" Williams and his Blue Rhythm Orchestra--and many others lifted from some prime shellac, on the Dust-to-Digital release Where Will You Be Christmas Day?

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