Young Pretender

Lord Pretender (8 September 1917 – 22 January 2002) was the stage name of Aldric Farrell, M.O.M., H.B.M. a calypsonian vocalist born on the island of Tobago widely acknowledged to be a "master" of extempo, a lyrically improvised form of calypso music considered a forerunner of rap. Starting with an impromptu performance at the age of 12, his career spanned nearly seven decades until cancer of the larynx forced him to retire in the mid-1990s.

In 1957, Lord Pretender won the prestigious "Calypso King" competition. Honored by the Trinidad and Tobago government for his services to calypso in 1972, Lord Pretender went on to receive the island's Hummingbird Medal in 1994.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 8th, 1917 (Tobago), Died January 22nd, 2002

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, lyricist

See Also: Pretender


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-04643 10-in. 2/7/1937 Sally-Sally Water Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; Lord Invader Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist, vocalist  
Decca 91679 10-in. 2/8/1939 Adeline The Pretender [Alric Farrell] vocalist  
Decca 91981 10-in. 2/12/1940 Policeman The Young Pretender vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Young Pretender," accessed December 7, 2021,

Young Pretender. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2021, from

"Young Pretender." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 December 2021.

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