Lord Nelson (2)

Lord Nelson (2)

Real Name:
Robert Nelson
Profile:
Like many calypsonians from Tobago, Lord Nelson (born Robert Nelson) had to seek his fame and fortune in America. And he found it -- although not in the U.S., but back home, where he remains one of the acknowledged stars of soca, the mix of soul and calypso that has been the island's musical mainstay since the mid-'70s. Born and raised in Tobago, Nelson left his homeland after graduating high school, hoping for a better life in Brooklyn. However, he'd hardly had a chance to unpack before he was drafted and sent off with the U.S. forces to Korea, which was where he first showed his talents as a singer and comedian, performing in Army shows. Later, back on American shores, he began singing with West Indian steel bands in Brooklyn, mostly covering calypso hits in his unique fashion, which went over strongly with the Caribbean community. Still, he never considered writing his own material until he became friendly with another calypsonian, Mighty Duke, who mentored him. Nelson's own style took from calypso, but also from the American music he heard every day, adding more than an ounce of funk to the proceedings on songs like "La La" and "King Liar," which became Caribbean hits. While not the first to make soca music, he found a great deal of popularity, to the extent that in 1989 he won the title of Uncrowned King in a competition for off-island artists at Trinidad's annual Carnival. In 1990 he signed with Shanachie, which ensured good distribution for his music -- certainly more than his brethren in the West Indies -- and he was able to go global with his sound, even if he had become part of the digital sound rather than relying on 'real' instruments; his label debut, When the World Turns Around, offered a digital remake of his earlier album Love You Forever, which had originally appeared on the tiny Joker label. The uncle of another young soca/rapso artist, Mojah, Nelson continues to record and perform.
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Lord Nelson (2) Discography Tracks

Albums

NLP 4189 Lord Nelson (2) A Proud West-Indian(LP, Album) National Record Company (2) NLP 4189 Trinidad & Tobago 1963 Sell This Version
N.R.C. 01-1 Nelson* Garrot Bounce(LP) N.R.C. Records N.R.C. 01-1 US 1964 Sell This Version
Lord Nelson (2) Again Camille Records Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
Lord Nelson (2) This Is Lord Nelson (Album) Camille Records US 1973 Sell This Version
LP-9039, C-9039 Lord Nelson (2) Then & Now(LP, Album) Camille Records, Camille Records LP-9039, C-9039 USA & Canada 1975 Sell This Version
9033, LP-9033 Lord Nelson (2) Mr. Kaiso(LP) Camille Records, Camille Records 9033, LP-9033 US 1975 Sell This Version
Lord Nelson (2) Hot, Sweet & Jumpy (Album) Richie's Music Trinidad & Tobago 1977 Sell This Version
RMP-1009 Lord Nelson (2) Ah, Ha(LP, Album) Richie's Music RMP-1009 Trinidad & Tobago 1977 Sell This Version
Lord Nelson (2) Black Gold (Album) Charlie's Records, Charlie's Records Trinidad & Tobago 1978 Sell This Version
Lord Nelson (2) Disco Daddy (Album) Charlie's Records Trinidad & Tobago 1980 Sell This Version
CR 264 Lord Nelson (2) Pepper(LP, Album) Charlie's Records CR 264 US 1981 Sell This Version
Nelson* We Like It... (Album) BR (4) US 1982 Sell This Version
BRS 1007, B'sR1007 Nelson* Family(LP, Album) B's Records, B's Records BRS 1007, B'sR1007 US 1982 Sell This Version
BSR-NEL-006 Nelson* Hotter Than Hot(LP) B's Records BSR-NEL-006 US 1984 Sell This Version
none Lord Nelson (2) The Chief Breakin For '85(LP) MRS Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
NCR 384 Lord Nelson (2) Gimme Something(LP) Charlie's Records NCR 384 US 1986 Sell This Version
Nelson* When The World Turns Around (Album) Shanachie US 1988 Sell This Version
Nelson* Bring Back The Voodoo (Album) Shanachie US 1991 Sell This Version
GS 2300 Lord Nelson (2) Yesterday,Today And Forever(LP) Straker's Records GS 2300 Trinidad & Tobago Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Lord Nelson (2) Stella / Party For Santa Claus (Single) National Record Company (2) Trinidad & Tobago 1963 Sell This Version
SS 189 Lord Nelson (2) With The Dem Boys Orchestra Lord Nelson (2) With The Dem Boys Orchestra - I Got A Itch(7", Single) Stateside SS 189 UK 1963 Sell This Version
DB 101 Lord Nelson (2) With The Dem Boys Orchestra Lord Nelson (2) With The Dem Boys Orchestra - I Got A Itch / Problems On Me Mind(7") Dem Boys Records DB 101 1963 Sell This Version
N.S.P. 041 Lord Nelson (2) Nelo Drunk Again / Bedtime Stories(7") National Record Company (2) N.S.P. 041 Trinidad & Tobago 1964 Sell This Version
Lord Nelson (2), Milo And The Kings Lord Nelson (2), Milo And The Kings - Save The Federation / Dove And Pigeon (Single) Cab Records (2) US 1965 Sell This Version
213 Lord Nelson (2) Freedom(7", Single) N.R.C. Records 213 US 1965 Sell This Version

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