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September 6th, 2017

cyberinsekt

Duke of Iron and his Trinidad Calypso Troubadours - Last Train

None of us has any control over the very earliest records we remember, so don't judge me. For me it was delving into my grandparents' radiogram and digging out a copy of Last Train To San Fernando by Johnny Duncan. It was a jaunty skiffle number, so of course your tiny scribe thought it was the best thing ever.

Many years later I discovered that Johnny Duncan didn't write it. It's a cover of the 1952 song Last Train by the Duke of Iron. You and the rest of the world might not care, but for me this is fundamental stuff. This scratchy old calypso 78 informs everything I've ever heard since. So this one's for me, not you. Hope that's okay.

Duke of Iron and his Trinidad Calypso Troubadours - Last Train
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