The Mighty Sparrow is a Caribbean Institution! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine + Music Playlist

Dr. Slinger Francisco: The Mighty Sparrow is a Caribbean Institution!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

There was a string of hits that lasted several decades. In 1954, he sang ‘The Parrot and the Monkey’ to be followed by ‘Jean and Dinah’ and by 1963 he had shaken up the Caribbean with ‘Dan is the Man in the Van’ and ‘Village Ram,’ among others.

The young man was Slinger Francisco, who became the Little Sparrow and later the Mighty Sparrow. His multitude of fans affectionately call him ‘The Birdie’. In his seventy-year career, very few can come close to Sparrow in unraveling the sociology of the Caribbean.    

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  • dhanpaul narine  On 05/16/2018 at 1:33 am

    Thanks Cyril for the compilation. The Mighty Sparrow is still belting out the hits in New York City. He sounds as good as ever.

  • Maurice St. Pierre  On 05/17/2018 at 12:09 am

    I have been following the Mighty Sparrow for decades since the days when he used to come to Guyana. I remember on one occasion when he did Ten to One is Murder. Hot and sweaty he took the audience Way Down Henry Street in Port of Spain, it was performance of gestures that engaged the audience. I spoke to him about 10 or more years ago when he sat next to me on a plane. I was sitting in the front row of plane when I heard somebody saying to the steward who was seating passengers Eh Eh you wan’ me sit next to the bald head man. It was me to whom he was referring. Typical Trini Fateeg. However we had a good conversation and he told me how and why calypso transitioned into soca. I would be happy get in contact with anyone to talk more about my research on Kaiso.
    Maurice St. Pierre, Ph.D. I can be reached at 443 564 8303.

    • guyaneseonline  On 05/17/2018 at 1:16 am

      Hello Maurice:

      You can send your information to me at Guyanese Online and I will surely publish it along with relevant calypsos.
      My email is
      Looking forward to hearing from you.
      Thank you

      Cyril Bryan. Editor/Publisher
      Guyanese Online

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