The Talbot Brothers ont été parmi les premiers groupes bermudiens à accéder à la notoriété, et ont souvent été invités sur les plateaux TV à la fin des années 50.
Après la Grande Guerre, le tourisme s’est considérablement développé aux Bermudes. La Prohibition aidant, les américains de la middle-class y affluèrent en masse, à la recherche d’alcool, de soleil et de fête. Il fallut divertir ces nouveaux visiteurs, les hôtels firent donc venir des artistes caribéens et leur fameux calypso, que les artistes locaux adoptèrent rapidement.
Les Talbot Brothers of Bermuda se formèrent en 1942, mêlant calypso, swing et musique populaire. Archie, Austin, Dick, Blackie, Roy et leur cousin Mandy enregistrèrent plusieurs disques jusqu’en 1962 mais jouèrent jusque dans les années 80.
Cet album a été édité pour la première fois en 1958.
This album was first released as "ABC-Paramount ABC 214" in 1958.
The Talbots were the first of Bermuda’s many notable singing groups to gain international acclaim. They were frequent performers on television in the 1950s, appearing on Ed Sullivan's variety shows and other programs.
After the First World War, Bermuda's tourism industry went through considerable change as Prohibition led to a flood of affluent middle class visitors seeking sun and alcohol, and Bermuda became a summer rather than a winter destination.
Bermuda's new visitors demanded entertainments that the genteel community was ill-equipped to provide, including a new type of music. Musical tastes in Bermuda were little different from North America and Britain. West Indian musicians were consequently brought in by the hotels, and local musicians quickly adopted the Calypso they brought with them.
The Talbots organized in 1942 and performed a variation of Trinidadian calypso in a smooth melodic style influenced by popular music.
Notable in their instrumentation was Roy Talbot’s home-made upright bass that is represented on the cover. Roy created the instrument out of a large meat-packing crate and a single fishing line. This item was a particular curiosity, and during the Talbots’ tours many of their fellow performers and visiting celebrities would autograph the crate...
released February 3, 2017
The Talbot Brothers of Bermuda are :
Archie (lead singer, acoustic guitar, harmonica),
Austin (acoustic guitar, harmonica),
Bryan, a.k.a. "Dick" (tipple, a large, 10-stringed ukulele),
Ross, a.k.a. "Blackie" (electric guitar)
and Roy Talbot (bass),
and their cousin Cromwell "Mandy" Mandres (accordion)
art work by Antoine Gadiou inspired by the original cover photography of Alan Fontaine.