Guyana Guardian – One of the Greatest calypsonians of all time, Winston “The Mighty Shadow” Bailey has died in Trinidad this morning, after suffering from a debilitating stroke over the weekend.
He died several hours after being admitted to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Port-of-Spain.
Bailey who is famous the world over for many calypso hit songs, including “Somebody horn the horner man”, ‘The Horner man crying’, and ‘Go-round so/ Stranger’ among many others, was often known for the catchy riddims in his songs, and his skip-rope dancing style on stage.
He has a defining career in music that span as far back as the early 1970’s and which was pushed forward with his winning of the 1974 Road March title with his hit song “Bassman”, which continues to receive rave reviews even up to this day.
Often known for regularly holding on to second space in many competitions, for which many felt that he had deserved first, he subsequently became known as the ‘Uncrowned King of Calypso’, as a result.
This changed somewhat in the year 2000 when Bailey won the Calypso Monarch with “What’s Wrong With Me” and “Scratch Meh Back Fuh Me”.
He received one of Trinidad’s highest National Awards, the Humming Bird Medal in 2003 for his works, and was expected to receive his Doctors of Letters from the University of the West Indies less than a week from today.