|Johnny Mercer urged Mitchum to go calypso|
|Dr. Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow|
If listening to Mitchum's calypso LP whets your appetite for real calypso music, then the next step would be to delve into the catalog of the original calypso performers who must have inspired Mitchum, such as Lord Invader and Mighty Sparrow. Calypso in New York (Smithsonian Folkways, 2000) is a fine introduction to the recorded legacy of Lord Invader, while Soca Anthology (VP Records, 2011) is an indispensable compilation of Mighty Sparrow's best work, and First Flight (Smithsonian Folkways, 2005) includes his always interesting early recordings.
|Mitchum first heard real calypso music while shooting Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison|