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Rum and Coca-Cola by Andrews Sisters 1944

Rum and Coca-Cola by Andrews Sisters 1944


Rum and Coca-Cola. Lyrics by MOREY AMSTERDAM, Music by JERI SULLAVAN and PAUL BARON, Leo Feist, Inc., New York, Made in U.S.A., 1944.


"Rum and Coca-Cola" is a popular calypso song composed by Lionel Belasco with lyrics by Lord Invader. The song was copyrighted in the United States by entertainer Morey Amsterdam and was a hit in 1945 for the Andrews Sisters.

Recorded by the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen & His Orchestra. The song became a local hit and was at the peak of its popularity when Amsterdam visited the island in September 1943 as part of a U.S.O. tour.


During World War II, around 20,000 American GIs were stationed in Trinidad, ostensibly to deter any invasion. Unhappy with the situation, a local calypso musician named Rupert Grant, who went by the stage name of Lord Invader, wrote some lyrics commenting on how the American servicemen drank rum and coke, and then used their Yankee dollars to attract (or purchase the services of) the local women.

Secure binding with a nice cover, clean pages and inner bottom corner creases. About 12 x 9 with 4 pp. Scarce sheet music.


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