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George Browne (May 4, 1920 – March 23, 2007), better known as the Young Tiger, was a Trinidadian calypso musician.

Born Edric Browne in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, where his childhood was imbued with the African traditions of Shango and Spiritual Baptist Shouting, he assumed the name George E. Browne in homage to the family friend, Richard E. Braithwaite, whose library introduced him to works of black history and activism.

Browne joined a Norwegian tanker at the age of 20 and, after a brief stay in Australia, signed off in Scotland in 1941. After befriending other expatriate Trinidadians in Glasgow he relocated to London and began to earn his living as a musician. In 1947-8 he co-founded (with Bermudian Ken Gordon, uncle of newsreader Moira Stuart) the Three Just Men group and toured in Europe and North Africa with the trio the following year.

He inherited the name Young Tiger from the calypsonian Growling Tiger when in 1953 he recorded a cover version of Tiger’s song “Single Man”. Young Tiger’s hits dating from that same year include “Calypso Be” and “I Was There” - the latter being his observations about the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - and “Mamzelle Josephine”. Subsequently embracing jazz music, he recorded with a number of bands, including Humphrey Lyttelton’s Paseo Jazz Band.

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  • herbeard

    Young Tiger and George Brown are one and the same! How did I not notice?

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • muniralive

    African Dream

    29 Apr 2011 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
  • pachanka

    London was the place for him!

    20 Dec 2007 Reply
  • MeisterAni

    Rest in peace, Young Tiger. *blesses*

    11 Aug 2007 Reply

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