How Carnival Came To Britain – A Timeline

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Sam Manning, Slim Henderson and Cyril Monrose’s String Band become the first Calypso artists to have records released in Britain. Among the first releases is ‘Lignum Vitae’, a song about ‘tea’.

Records by Wilmoth Houdini are first released in Britain. Born in Trinidad in 1895, Wilmoth Houdini moved to New York in 1927 and achieved international fame in the 1930s. He became the best-loved Calypso singer of his era.

2 Sam Manning.

Sam Manning arrives in England. He stays in England until 1941. He signs to Parlophone in 1935 and becomes the first Caribbean artist to record in the UK. During his time in Britain he stars in the musical Brown Sugar and, along with Amy Ashwood Garvey, opens  the Florence Mills Social Club in London.

George Browne arrives in Scotland. He moves to London in 1943 and is signed to Parlophone. Born Edric Browne in Trinidad…

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