Pan in Danger by Merchant

When we old timers talk of the greatness of calypso music from the latter third or so of the last century , we’re sometimes accused of being nostalgic.However, that isn’t the case .

Much of the popular music of that bygone era were well crafted lyrically and musically , with outstanding accompaniment, arranged by the best arrangers of the day , or indeed of any era.

This music wasn’t disposable like fast food , meant to be a quick party hit and soon forgotten.This music had “legs” , and as you listen it’s obvious that these tunes have stood the test of time.”Pan in Danger” by the great Merchant is a great example.

Apart from the intelligent and highly relevant lyrics , this is an outstanding piece of calypso music , and a great example of the quality of music available for panorama arrangers to work with.

Here from 1985 is The Merchant , and “Pan in Danger”, arranged by another great Mr. Leston Paul.

Dennis Franklyn Williams, aka Merchant died in 1999 , another talented artist who left us way too soon.

Rest in Peace , Merchant.

PAN IN DANGER BY MERCHANT

Here is Merchant performing his classic live at Carnival Dimanche Gras in 1985.

Pan in Danger performed by Merchant at Carnival Dimanche Gras in 1985

And of course , the classic Clive Bradley arrangement as performed by Tokyo Steel Orchestra at Panorama Finals 1985.

Merchant’s “Pan in Danger” by Tokyo , arranged by Bradley

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