May 24, 2009

Last Talbot Brothers member dead at 94

Roy Talbot, the lone surviving member of the Bermuda calypso band Talbot Brothers, has died in Paget, Bermuda, at the age of 94, his nephew Clement says.

Talbot formed the Talbot Brothers of Bermuda band with four of his brothers and a cousin and the family members enjoyed great success in Bermuda and abroad during the late 1940s and '50s, The New York Times said Sunday.

In addition to Talbot, the calypso group was made up of his brothers Archie, Austin, Bryan and Ross and their cousin Cromwell Mandres.

The band's sound, inspired by Trinidadian calypso groups, offered a unique take on the musical genre as it avoided percussion, while embracing a loud bass and both acoustic and electric guitars, the report said.

Songs such as Electric Buggy Ride helped the group record two albums with ABC Paramount Records and two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Times said.

The newspaper said Talbot, who died May 15 of unspecified causes, is survived by his wife, Mary; his sister, Etta Talbot; his sons, Delmont, Vance and Brent; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.