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The Lion [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: 1936 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Recordings (Results 101-101 of 101 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 91979 10-in. 2/12/1940 Orphan home The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] vocalist  
(Results 101-101 of 101 records)


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"Lion, The [Hubert R. Charles]." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 April 2024.

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