Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cindy, Oh Cindy - Cindy, oi Cindy

Per-Erik "Pärre" Förars (see earlier entry) recorded several calypso -influenced songs. This "Cindy, oi Cindy" was one of those and released in 1958. At the time calypso had become popular dance rhythm via many hit songs by Harry Belafonte. This finnpicked calypso was originally recorded in 1956 by Vince Martin and The Tarriers, and quickly covered by Eddie Fisher. Both versions made the charts that year. I guess it was the one by Fisher that got covered by Pärre. The Tarriers were an American vocal group specializing in folk music and folk-flavored popular music. One of the groups original members was Alan Arkin who later became famous actor. Vince Martin was originally one of the many American "Singing Cowboys", but later gained fame in the folk music circuit. Eddie Fisher who was one of the world's most famous and successful singers in the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. He was also known as being the husband of both Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor. The "Cindy" song was not originally from Caribbean, but written by US songwriters Robert Nemiroff and Burt D'Lugoff under the pseudonyms of Robert Barron and Burt Long.

Here's the pair:

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