Robert Mitchum – Calypso—Is Like So…

While hanging out with calypso stars Mighty Sparrow and Lord Invader on the Trinidadian set of 1957's Fire Down Below, Mitchum hit on the idea of a cash-in album for Capitol execs eager to tap into the next big thing. Harry Belafonte aside, the craze didn't quite sweep, but old sourpuss' unlikely stab is commendable for its gusto, rum-cocktail swing and gentle innuendo (see "Tic Tic Tic"). Sinatra it ain't, but it sure beats Richard Harris.

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While hanging out with calypso stars Mighty Sparrow and Lord Invader on the Trinidadian set of 1957’s Fire Down Below, Mitchum hit on the idea of a cash-in album for Capitol execs eager to tap into the next big thing. Harry Belafonte aside, the craze didn’t quite sweep, but old sourpuss’ unlikely stab is commendable for its gusto, rum-cocktail swing and gentle innuendo (see “Tic Tic Tic”). Sinatra it ain’t, but it sure beats Richard Harris.

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