Raymond Quevedo (24 March 1892 – 22 February 1962), better known as Atilla the Hun, was a calypsonian from Trinidad. He began singing in 1911 and was at his most prominent in the 1930s and 1940s. He was one of the pioneers in spreading awareness of calypso beyond its birthplace in Trinidad and Tobago. Together with the Roaring Lion (Rafael de Leon) he brought calypso to the United States for the first time in 1934. One of his popular calypsos was "FDR in Trinidad", commemorating U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1936 trip to Trinidad.
Atilla competed in the first Calypso King contest in 1939, and won the title in both 1946 and 1947.
Known as a defender of the poor, Atilla was able to transition to a political career. When several of his records were censored he composed "The Banning of Records", which was itself banned.
Atilla was the first calypsonian to hold elected public office; he was elected to the Port of Spain City Council in 1946 and was elected to the Legislative Council of Trinidad and Tobago in 1950 representing the St. George County East. (See: Elections in Trinidad and Tobago). He also authored Atilla's Kaiso: A Short History of Trinidad Calypso with John La Rose, published posthumously in 1983.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 24th, 1892 (Trinidad), Died February 22nd, 1962
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 86 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-57096||10-in.||11/15/1929||Matrimonio||Wilmoth Houdini ; Lionel Belasco Orchestra||Instrumental quartet, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57098||10-in.||11/15/1929||Warning to mothers||Wilmoth Houdini ; Lionel Belasco Orchestra||Instrumental quartet, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Decca||39415||10-in.||3/15/1935||Good will flyers||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39417||10-in.||3/15/1935||History of calypso||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39421||10-in.||3/18/1935||Pomme majais||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39425||10-in.||3/18/1935||Duke and Duchess of Kent||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39428||10-in.||3/20/1935||Vagaries of women||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39430||10-in.||3/20/1935||Sweet Elaine||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39451||10-in.||3/22/1935||'ere now and long ago||Egbert Moore ; Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39453||10-in.||3/22/1935||Women will rule the world||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||39455||10-in.||3/22/1935||Women are good and women are bad||Raymond Quevedo||vocalist|
|Decca||61956||10-in.||2/16/1937||Abdication||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61960||10-in.||2/16/1937||Zingue talala||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61962||10-in.||12/16/1937||Intercolonial tournament||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61966||10-in.||2/16/1937||Roosevelt in Trinidad||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61968||10-in.||2/16/1937||Food scandal||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo] ; The Caresser [Rufus Callender] ; The Executor [Philip Garcia] ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles]||vocalist|
|Decca||61969||10-in.||2/16/1937||Hold up blackbird, hold up||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo] ; The Caresser [Rufus Callender] ; The Executor [Philip Garcia] ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles]||vocalist|
|Decca||61972||10-in.||2/18/1937||West Indian federation||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61974||10-in.||2/18/1937||Friends||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61976||10-in.||2/19/1937||Treasury scandal||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61984||10-in.||2/19/1937||Man man Biscope||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61985||10-in.||2/19/1937||Street vendors||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo] ; The Caresser [Rufus Callender] ; The Executor [Philip Garcia]||vocalist|
|Decca||61987||10-in.||2/19/1937||Josefita||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo] ; The Caresser [Rufus Callender] ; The Executor [Philip Garcia]||vocalist|
|Decca||61988||10-in.||2/23/1937||Believes in the land of glory||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
|Decca||61990||10-in.||2/25/1937||His Majesty King George VI coronation-1||Atilla, the Hun [Raymond Quevedo]||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Quevedo, Raymond," accessed December 4, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104666.
Quevedo, Raymond. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104666.
"Quevedo, Raymond." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 4 December 2020.
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