Bio: Slinger Francisco, better known as The Mighty Sparrow is one of the most popular Calypsonians ever with a career that spans over 40 years and counting.
Sparrow was born in Gran Roi, Grenada. His family migrated to his adopted homeland, Trinidad, when he was just one year old. He attended the New Town Boys School where he was selected to sing in the boys choir of St. Patricks Catholic Church. The harmonics of the Gregorian Chants and the Plainsongs of the church that were embedded in him would later affect the depth and intensity of his compositions. He would become the head choirboy who sang baritone and tenor in Latin in the church.
Sparrow was also influenced by American street quartets, pop tunes and the early calypsos of Lord Melody, Lord Kitchener, Lord Christo, Lord Invader (of Rum and Coca Cola fame) and the Mighty Spoiler, to name a few.
At the tender age of 20, Sparrow emerged released the first in a long line of hits “Jean and Dinah.” In 1958 he became the only calypsonian to have had a triple win in the same year in the Road March Competition. One of the calypsos was titled P.A.Y.E. (Pay As You Earn, a song that enabled the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, to understand the importance of paying taxes). Sparrows musical understanding and vocal technique is complimented by his lyrical wit. His songs are full of clever double entendres revealing something new every time your hear them.
Sparrow received the honorary title of Chief of the Yorubas in Nigeria. He was also bestowed the title of “Cultural Ambassador of Grenada”, given a Honourary doctorate from UWI (University of the West Indies) and bestowed the title of: Order Of Caribbean Communication “OCC”. In 1986 Mayor Ed Koch of New York proclaimed March 18th, The Mighty Sparrow Day.
Sparrow is an 11 time Calypso Monarch and has won the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March Competition eight (8) times. He continues to record and tour the world.
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