The Unknown Terror (1957)
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
Brute Force (1947)
Linda, Be Good (1947)
Zombies on Broadway (1945)
Curse of the Cat People, The (1944)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Ghost Ship, The (1943)
Happy Go Lucky (1943)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Griffith Show" playing "Man" in
episode: "Howard's New Life" (episode
# 8.15) 12/18/1967
Lancelot, another actor with a small but distinctive
Mayberry role, passed away on March 12 in Anaheim,
Calif., at the age of 97. Sir Lancelot, whose
full name was Lancelot Victor Pinard, played the
man who rented the cottage to Howard Sprague in
Episode 235: 'Howard's New Life.'"
the "Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club
Recordings on CD
Legendary Sir Lancelot
Calypso of the West Indies and ballads of the
Alt title Calypso of the West Indies and ballads
of the Caribbean.
Publisher # LLCT7406 Lyrichord
La ola Marina (2:16)
Oken karange (2:40)
Jamaica farewell (3:15)
Linstead market (1:45)
Tie tongue mopsey (3:05)
La mukura (2:06)
Mary Ann (3:26)
Stone cold dead in the market (2:13)
Jump in the line (2:27)
Run Joe (2:23)
Double indemnity (4:42)
Ugly woman (2:43).
Lancelot: Trinidad is Changing
Flyright FLY CD 942
1995 Interstte Music Ltd.
The Flyright disk includes liner notes by Ray
The Century of the Common Man (3:08)
Trinidad is Changing (2:59)
Donkey City (3:09)
Neighbor Neighbor Leave Me Door (3:00)
A Night in Central Park (3:11)
Ugly Woman (3:04)
Scandal in the Family (3:06)
The Young Girls Today (3:13)
Oken Karange (2:53)
Sweet Like A Honey Bee (2:51)
Pan American Way (3:06)
Gimme Crab and Callaloo (2:56)
Mary Ann (3:04)
Take Me Take Me (To San Pedro) 2:59)
West Indian Families (2:37)
Mercury MG-25159: Sir Lancelot (Calypso)
A-1 4945 A Night In Central Park
A-2 4946 Ugly Woman
A-3 4947 Scandal In The Family
A-4 4948 The Young Girls Today
B-1 4949 The Centry Of The Common Man
B-2 4950 Trinidad Is Changing
B-3 4951 Donkey City
B-4 4952 Neighbor, Neighbor, Leave Me Door
Note: The album cover is courtesy of Kohji Matsubayashi
& the Mercury Microgroove collection (the
website is here).
I asked about the release date on this vinyl record,
and this is what 'Shaolin' Kohji said:
you tell me the year the Lancelot album was issued?
"I have a comprehensive 5 volume set of "Mercury
Discography" by Ruppli. Even the Ruppli book
don't mention the release date :( Anyway, all
titles are originally recorded for Keynote label
in the early 1940s (Ruppli book don't have recorded
date either). Keynote label was bought by Mercury
circa 1948. I believe the materials were firstly
issued as Mercury A-46 (three 78rpm album set)
in the late 1940s. I don't have this copy. As
for the MG-25159 10-inch LP we are talking about,
I believe it was released circa 1954, judging
from other Mercury 10-inch titles' recorded/released
date around MG-25150 thru 25160."
the release date might be 1952 or 1953, not 1954.
I investigated from another point of view - master
numbers for each title. Their numbers (on the
Mercury label, not Keynote label) are from 4945
to 4952. All other titles around 4945-4952 were
recorded in 1952. So the release date might be
1952, but it's highly probable that it was released
in the next year 1953. And yet another viewpoint
- imprints on the label. You may see the "Reeves-Fairchild
Thermodynamic Margin Control" printed on
the MG-25159 label. This phrase was commonly seen
on the platters issued in 1951-1952."
Sir Lancelot as Billy Radd from Ghost Ship,
for Sir Lancelot
vinyl record of Sir Lancelot (shown above) is
from the Mercury Records Collection site here.
Ted Strong's page here.
Brad Beshaw's "Hollywood Deathwatch"
A page on "Calypso on Film" mentioning
Lancelot is here.
An article on Ray Funk, who discuses Lancelot
A brief review of the music CD "The Legendary
Sir Lancelot" is here. Musical Traditions Records has a site which
covers calypso and mentions Sir Lancelot in a
few places. The recording site is here
and the Musical Traditions Internet Magazine
site is here.
Lancelot in a scene from
the 1943I Walked with A Zombie
Obituary from Los Angeles Times Lancelot Pinard; Musician Brought Calypso to
From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Victor Pinard, who under the name Sir Lancelot
was a significant figure in introducing calypso
music to American audiences, died March 12, 2001
in Anaheim. He was 98.
himself on guitar and singing old-time calypso
tunes like "Rum and Coca-Cola," "Mary
Ann" and "Take Me, Take Me," Pinard
offered lively performances to packed houses at
venues around Southern California in the 1940s
in Cumuto, Trinidad, to well-to-do Anglophile
parents, Pinard was educated in the West Indies
and trained to be a pharmacist. He moved to New
York City to pursue a medical career but switched
to music after hearing a concert by a tenor named
Roland Hayes. In an interview with The Times some
years ago, Pinard recalled how he made the switch
from classical music, which first captured his
attention, to calypso.
orchestra leader from Trinidad who had a nice
band in New York heard one of my concerts and
said, 'Would you condescend to record a couple
of calypsos for me?' " Pinard said. "This
is the music of my country," Pinard replied.
"I'd be proud to do it."
performance debut as a calypso man came in 1940
at the New York club the Village Vanguard. That
was quickly followed by a West Coast tour, which
brought him to the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles.
The critical response was positive and Pinard
was quickly signed to appear in the 1941 film
"Two Yanks in Trinidad." He went on
to make more than 15 other films, ranging from
a role in the Bogart-Bacall classic "To Have
and Have Not" to B films like "Zombies
Pinard's success in America with calypso didn't
yield many dividends in his homeland.
have a whole British style down there and figured
this is the music of the lower classes,"
Pinard recalled. "Gentlemen didn't sing calypsos
at that time. I was the first, and when I went
back . . . my friends did not receive me."
Pinard's efforts helped legitimize calypso. He
was popular throughout Europe in the 1960s.
devout Roman Catholic, Pinard also wrote and recorded
many "Gospel Calypsos" before he gave
up singing in the early 1970s.
emerged briefly in the 1980s, performing locally
at McCabe's Guitar Shop with a band composed of
some legendary figures in the L.A. music scene:
Van Dyke Parks on piano, Ry Cooder on guitar and
Jim Keltner on drums.