The Caged Bird Sang
April 4, 2013 8:49 AM   Subscribe

In 1957, famed studio guitarist Tommy Tedesco, along with percussionist Al Bello, recorded Miss Calypso, featuring a young singer named Maya Angelou. posted by timsteil (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Had no idea!

She was also a streetcar conductor in San Francisco. I've heard her variously described as the first black streetcar conductor, the first female streetcar conductor, and the first black female streetcar conductor. Not sure which is true, but I think it's safe to say she was ahead of her time.
posted by latkes at 8:55 AM on April 4, 2013

Interesting, but I'm a bit confused by that "Maya Angelou" video link, which seems to go to a Stevie Wonder song...what am I missing?
posted by HuronBob at 9:10 AM on April 4, 2013

That "Stone Cold" song is stone cold indeed--all the more so with the jaunty calypso rhythm.
posted by yoink at 9:10 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

...Stevie Wonder song...what am I missing?

Today is her 85th. birthday. Happy Birthday.
posted by ericb at 9:14 AM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]

I watched that Wrecking Crew film recently. Apparently, they think they'll never be able to release it because they'll never be able to get permission for all the tracks they cite -- even though it strikes me as a perfect example of fair use as scholarly citation.

I'm a cynical old fuck. Hate old timey music and prefer EDM and him-hop mostly, but f you haven't seen this film, it's a must watch -- regardless of what state the cut is suddenly in.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:40 AM on April 4, 2013

"Run Joe" sounded familiar and then I remembered Chuck Berry covered it on his "Fresh Berries" album, which landed in my possession after I forgot to send in the Columbia Record Club card back in 1966 or so... For once I was glad I didn't send in the card.

But Maya Angelou? Happy Birthday!
posted by tommyD at 10:34 AM on April 4, 2013

That is by far the happiest homicide ballad I have ever heard!
posted by salishsea at 3:33 PM on April 4, 2013

Scamp also reissued Robert Mitchum's calypso album.
posted by brujita at 3:35 PM on April 4, 2013

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