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Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys: Trinidad, The Land Of Calypso (2-CD)

2-CD with 32-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 82 minutes.

The first comprehensive retrospective on the life and achievements of Cornelis Lionel Liefeld (1919-1993) aka Jamaica Johnny
At the height of the calypso craze in Europe, Jamaica Johnny released a number of plates in the Netherlands.
Liefeld was born in Surinam. He never visited Jamaica nor Trinidad.
This CD album brings together a total of 28 Calypso recordings made between 1957 and 1961 in the Netherlands for the Phillips company.
Cover versions of popular tunes and originals as well as songs for commercials of a brewery!
Linernotes by Roland Heinrich.


Jamaica Johnny was Cornelis Lionel Liefeld's nickname.Liefeld was born in 1919 in Paramaribo, the capital of Surinam, a small state on the northeast coast of South America - a Dutch colony until 1954, then a member of the Dutch Kingdom until final independence in 1975.  During the Second World War he joined the Dutch Navy and was stationed in the Netherlands after the end of the war. Attracted by Amsterdam's lively music and cultural scene, he left the army and became a singer in the band of his compatriot Max Woiski. In the mid-50s he went into business for himself as Jamaica Johnny and formed his own band, the Milagro Boys.  Now he sang Calypso in English at the height of the Calypso craze.
With his band he mostly performed in the Netherlands, but he also toured other European countries, especially in Scandinavia, where he was able to recruit a large fan base.

Besides his own versions of popular Calypso numbers, Jamaica Johnny wrote new songs himself and regularly recorded for Phillips - and he even recorded Calypsos for commercials of the Amstel Brewery.
In the early 6o's Cornelis L. Liefeld founded a family in the Netherlands and left show business. From then on he worked in the automobile industry, among others. He died in 1993.

Producer Nico Feuerbach, with the great support of our Dutch trainee Akout Valentino, located Cornelis Liefeld's son, who was able to close many information gaps. 
The Dutch records of Jamaica Johnny apparently sold well back then and are another example of the range of international calypso madness in the late fifties, which was by no means limited to the USA, and show Jamaica Johnny as the leading representative of the genre in the Netherlands. 

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Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys - Trinidad, The Land Of Calypso (2-CD) CD 1
01 Trinidad, Land Of Calypso Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
02 Donkey City Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
03 Man Smart - Woman Smarter Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
04 No Glamour Girl For Me Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
05 Madeleine Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
06 Food From The West Indies Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
07 Mother And Wife Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
08 Love, Love, Love Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
09 Parbo Calypso Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
10 Tina And Bambula Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
11 Pineapple Princess Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
12 Take Me To Locero Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
13 Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
14 Calypso Cha Cha Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys - Trinidad, The Land Of Calypso (2-CD) CD 2
01 Pretty Woman Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
02 Wai Wai Sofaya Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
03 Raspeballer Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
04 The Most Rightiest Woman Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
05 Beautiful Para Kitch Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
06 Divorce By Television Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
07 Fifty Woman To One Man Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
08 Let Me Call You Mathilda Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
09 Johnny Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
10 Last Train To San Fernando Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
11 Amstel Beer Calypso Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
12 Op Een Klein Stationnetje Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
13 Amsterdam Calypso Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
14 Beeer, Amstel Beer Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys
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Jamaica Johnny was Cornelis Lionel Liefeld's nickname.Liefeld was born in 1919 in Paramaribo, the capital of Surinam, a small state on the northeast coast of South America - a Dutch colony until 1954, then a member of the Dutch Kingdom until final independence in 1975.  During the Second World War he joined the Dutch Navy and was stationed in the Netherlands after the end of the war. Attracted by Amsterdam's lively music and cultural scene, he left the army and became a singer in the band of his compatriot Max Woiski. In the mid-50s he went into business for himself as Jamaica Johnny and formed his own band, the Milagro Boys.  Now he sang Calypso in English at the height of the Calypso craze.
With his band he mostly performed in the Netherlands, but he also toured other European countries, especially in Scandinavia, where he was able to recruit a large fan base.

Besides his own versions of popular Calypso numbers, Jamaica Johnny wrote new songs himself and regularly recorded for Phillips - and he even recorded Calypsos for commercials of the Amstel Brewery.
In the early 6o's Cornelis L. Liefeld founded a family in the Netherlands and left show business. From then on he worked in the automobile industry, among others. He died in 1993.
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18 Aug 2020

Fantastic release

I met Jamaica Johnny and his band in Oslo in 1960 (I was 11). They were actually invited to our home. I have nice pictures from the event. My father playing guitar and Jamaica Johnny the bongos, a.o. Finally after so many years it's pure joy for me to have a complete album of his recordings. Thanks a lot Bear Family!

14 Aug 2020

Jamaica Johnny & his Milagro Boys - wat een verrassing

Deze mooie 2-CD set maakte mijn dag!! Ik had nooit verwacht de opnames van Jamaica Johnny op CD te vinden! Wat een geweldig onderzoek heb je gedaan naar dit project! Je hebt zelfs Jamaica Johnny's 'Amstel' commerciële opnames opgenomen! Zeer indrukwekkende liner notes en veel informatie over de geschiedenis van Calypso in Nederland! Hartelijk dank! Als je Jamaica Johnny niet kent - hij is vergelijkbaar met Harry Belafonte en een must have voor elke Calypso en wereldmuziekverzamelaar!
This nice 2-CD set made my day!! I've never expected to find the recordings of Jamaica Johnny on CD! What a great research you did on this project! You even included Jamaica Johnny's 'Amstel' commercial recordings! Very impressive liner notes and a lot on information about the history of Calypso in The Netherlands! Thank you very much! If you don't know Jamaica Johnny - he is comparable to Harry Belafonte and a must have for every Calypso and world music collector!

6 Jul 2020

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Press Archive - Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys Trinidad, The Land Of Calypso - Boppin' Around
Press Archive - Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys Trinidad, The Land Of Calypso - Boppin' Around Waarom wij een calypso-CD recenseren terwijl dat muziekgenre in de tweede helft van de jaren '50 juichend werd ingehaald als de rage die die vermaledijde rock 'n' roll van het aardoppervlak zou wegvegen? Wel vrienden, dat is om twee redenen. Wij houden wel degelijk van een potje calypso op tijd en stond, allemaal de schuld van filmacteur Robert Mitchum met wiens LP Calypso Is Like So uit 1957 het is begonnen voor ons, maar tegenwoordig kunnen wij zelfs Harry Belafonte naar waarde schatten. Ten tweede: Jamaica Johnny heeft nooit één voet in Jamaica of Trinidad gezet maar kwam via Suriname gewoon uit ons eigen koude kikkerlandje! De in 1919 in de Surinaamse hoofdstad Paramaribo geboren Cornelis Lionel Liefeld ging in de tweede wereldoorlog bij de Koninklijke Marine, werd na de bevrijding gestationeerd in Katwijk, en trok van Katwijk naar Amsterdam waar hij ging zingen in het orkest van de eveneens Surinaams-Nederlandse Max Woiski Sr (BB met R oftewel Bruine Bonen Met Rijst, een hit in 1950).
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Tracklist
Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys - Trinidad, The Land Of Calypso (2-CD) CD 1
01 Trinidad, Land Of Calypso
02 Donkey City
03 Man Smart - Woman Smarter
04 No Glamour Girl For Me
05 Madeleine
06 Food From The West Indies
07 Mother And Wife
08 Love, Love, Love
09 Parbo Calypso
10 Tina And Bambula
11 Pineapple Princess
12 Take Me To Locero
13 Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well
14 Calypso Cha Cha
Jamaica Johnny & His Milagro Boys - Trinidad, The Land Of Calypso (2-CD) CD 2
01 Pretty Woman
02 Wai Wai Sofaya
03 Raspeballer
04 The Most Rightiest Woman
05 Beautiful Para Kitch
06 Divorce By Television
07 Fifty Woman To One Man
08 Let Me Call You Mathilda
09 Johnny
10 Last Train To San Fernando
11 Amstel Beer Calypso
12 Op Een Klein Stationnetje
13 Amsterdam Calypso
14 Beeer, Amstel Beer