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Posted By: John on the Sunset Coast
15-Apr-11 - 09:42 PM
Thread Name: Biography: Lord Invader- calypsonian- anyone knew?
Subject: RE: Biography: Lord Invader's day job?
Rupert Grant, Lord Invader, was born in 1914 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
From a boy he began improvising calypsos. He became very adept that he was named Lord Invader, as in invading the calypso world. His first recording, ca. 1937, was a song about Joe Louis losing to Max Schmeling in boxing match. In 1941 he placed second to Destroyer for the title of Calypso King.

He then went to New York where there seems to have bee quite a calypso coterie. As you noted, he won a plagerism suit over Rum and Coca-Cola (which he did not collect on until 1947). Thereafter, he seems to have split his time between New York and Trinidad. He died in NY in 1961.

Judging from the notes (from which the above information is paraphrased), being a singer seems to have been his only occupation; there is no mention of any other means of sustaining himself.

CALYPSO IN NEW YORK-CD40454-Smithsonian Folkways (source of above)

other CDs I have with tracks of Lord Invader
CALYPSO CALALOO-Rounder 1105
BREAKAWAY CALYPSO-Rounder 1054
CALYPSO AFTER MIDNIGHT!-Rounder11661-1841-2 w/ intros by Alan Lomax

Hope this helps you.