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The Normandie celebrates Pelham
Multi-talented musician Pelham Goddard, fondly known as PG, will be celebrated at “Big Band, Big Sound,” the premiere show on The Normandie’s 2012 Under The Trees Carnival Programme on Wednesday. It is billed as a celebration of the music and dedicated to the man Pelham Goddard. The extraordinary talent may be best remembered as musical director/arranger of the phenomenal soca band, Charlie’s Roots. The band produced some of the finest musicians and introduced T&T to the extraordinary vocals of Christopher “Tambu” Herbert and David Michael Rudder.
But his musical prowess is legendary. At the tender age of nine, Goddard began playing the piano. Coupled with his innate talents, he did the Berklee course and had a brief period of apprenticeship with the late Desperadoes’ arranger Clive Bradley in 1972. He even taught himself the various arts and aspects of the music industry that today manifests as a one-stop shop at his recording studio, 9 Agra Street, St James. Apart from his myriad talents as arranger and producer, Goddard has positively impacted the soca scene as a songwriter. He penned a catalogue of monster hits including The Hammer, Dedication, Dus’ In Dey Face, Savannah Party, Jungle Fever, Callaloo, and Calabash; which were sung by Rudder.