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Lord Invader (Rupert Westmore Grant; 13 December 1914 – 15 October 1961) was a prominent calypsonian with a very distinctive, gravelly voice.

He was born in San Fernando, Trinidad. He became active in calypso in the mid-1930s, and was considered a country bumpkin by his contemporaries, because of his humble beginning. It was Grant’s tailor who gave him his moniker by commenting, “I tell you, Rupert, you should call yourself Lord Invader so when you go up to the city you be invadin’ the capital.” With a new name, in 1937 he went to the capital city of Port of Spain and began his career in earnest.

He competed in many calypso competitions (including the very first Calypso King competition) and recorded for RCA Bluebird. Lured by Decca Records, he travelled to New York City in 1941 with other calypsonians such as Roaring Lion and Atilla the Hun to make records and promote calypso music. He wrote many calypsos; his most famous lyrics, “Rum and Coca-Cola”, were plagiarised by Morey Amsterdam and became a hit for the Andrews Sisters. Invader travelled to New York and sued, eventually winning compensation, although the final settlement allowed Amsterdam to retain his copyright. Ironically, In the early 1940s, radio stations in the USA would not play his own version on the grounds of its using the copyrighted name, Coca-Cola, and its references to prostitution and alcohol. He stayed in New York for a few years because of the lengthy court case. During his tenure in New York City, he became a fixture in the local calypso scene and recorded many tracks for Moses Asch. Eventually, he won his court case, but would not see his settlement check for seven years, so he returned to Trinidad in the meantime.

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  • memristor

    "world music" ? uhhhh

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • memristor

    I finally got a chance to rip Calypso in New York from CD. quality stuff

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • lillyjonk

    Summer is here with Lord Invader even though it's raining outside.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • memristor

    fabulous

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • KosTeT72RUS

    мировой мужик!!:))

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • runabeat

    The Mighty Sparrow will be appearing at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX, England on 19th July 2008 at 8pm. The show is called 'Soca Invasion' and other artistes include the Jamesy P and Shurwayne Winchester. More artistes to be confirmed. Tickets on sale 3rd June 2008. Call 08707 602603 or visit stellatickets.co.uk.

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • skicker

    calypso comeback baby

    17 May 2006 Reply

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