Former carnival monarch passes away

Barbados’ 1964 Calypso Carnival King is dead.

Leopald The Mighty Charmer Kirton, who was well–known for his hit Big Shot Laugh died peacefully in his New York home on Monday. He was 90.

The Mighty Charmer
The Mighty Charmer

Also known for the hit Headless Dinah, The Mighty Charmer migrated to the United States almost 50 years ago. However, over the years he would return to Barbados to make a contribution to the local calypso scene.

In 1990, some two decades after he left the island, he returned to perform Big Shot Laugh for the thousands in attendance at the Pic–O–De–Crop finals. On that same occasion the National Cultural Foundation presented him with an award for his contribution to calypso.

Kirton, who originated from White Hall, St Michael, last visited Barbados in 2005. His body will return to the island next Monday and the funeral will be held on Thursday, July 31 at the New Dimension Ministries in Barbarees Hill in St Michael.

Tributes in song are expected to be rendered by various entertainers.

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