Hubert R. Charles

Roaring Lion (22 February 1908 – 11 July 1999) was a Trinidadian calypsonian (calypso singer/composer). His 65-year career began in the early 1930s and he is best known for his compositions "Ugly Woman" (1933), "Mary Ann" and "Netty, Netty", which are still performed today. The song "If You Wanna Be Happy", which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 May 1963, as well as the R&B singles chart, is based on Roaring Lion's "Ugly Woman".

Birth and Death Data: Born February 22, 1908, Died July 11, 1999

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Notes: Hubert Rafael Charles.

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 118 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 39410 10-in. 3/15/1935 Dingo Lay Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39423 10-in. 3/18/1935 Trinidad-My home Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39424 10-in. 3/18/1935 Congo bara Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39426 10-in. 3/20/1935 Go down the valley Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39433 10-in. 3/20/1935 War Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39434 10-in. 3/20/1935 Shango Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39450 10-in. 3/22/1935 Marian le' go me man Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39454 10-in. 3/22/1935 Don't le' me mother know Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 39456 10-in. 3/22/1935 Sa Gomes emporiums Keskidee Trio vocalist  
Decca 60953 10-in. 3/31/1936 The rumba dance Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 60955 10-in. 3/31/1936 Peggy Daniels Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 60957 10-in. 3/31/1936 Advantage Mussolini Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 60966 10-in. 4/2/1936 Four Mills Brothers Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 60970 10-in. 4/2/1936 Bargee Pelauri Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 60986 10-in. 4/4/1936 Fall of man Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 60992 10-in. 4/7/1936 Monkey Hubert R. Charles ; Neville Marcano vocalist  
Decca 61004 10-in. 4/8/1936 Lavaro Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 61006 10-in. 4/8/1936 I wouldn't work Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 61007 10-in. 4/8/1936 Life of the lion Hubert R. Charles vocalist  
Decca 61022 10-in. 4/9/1936 Advantage Mussolini The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] vocalist  
Decca 61028 10-in. 4/11/1936 Milly King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] vocalist  
Decca 61029 10-in. 4/11/1936 Abyssinian lament Gerald Clark and his Caribbean Serenaders vocalist  
Decca 61030 10-in. 4/11/1936 War King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
Decca 61031 10-in. 4/11/1936 we ain't 'fraid nobody King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] vocalist  
Decca 61032 10-in. 4/11/1936 Don't break it I say King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 118 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Charles, Hubert R.," accessed May 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308127.

Charles, Hubert R.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308127.

"Charles, Hubert R.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 May 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308127

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