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Release date: Unknown
Label: Art Records


Over So
Bad Woman
Monkey Song
Oh Look Misery
Coconut Woman
Barnyard Calypso
Better To Be Safe Than Sorry



Release date: 1956
Label: Columbia Records/Bahamian Rhythms


Oh Mr. Brown
Moonlight Nights In Nassau (composer: C. Lofthouse)
Down De Road
Bahama Mamma
Johnny Cake
Bad Woman
Hold Him Joe
Push Push (composer: A. Simms)
Watermellon On De Vine
Goombay (composer: C. Lofthouse/A. Simms)
Barnyard Calypso
Everybody Sing When De Boat Pull Out



Release date: Unknown
Label: Unknown


01 - On A Clear Day
02 - And I Love Her
03 - Maryanne
04 - Lady Of Spain
05 - Shame And Scandal
06 - Lion - Jamaica - Yellow Bird Medley
07 - Fly Me To The Moon
08 - Junkanoo Merengue
09 - Dream Lover
10 - Priests
11 - Wonderful World
12 - Yesterday



The Lou Adams Orchestra is quite versatile. They play their own brand of goombay, calypso, and include in their repertoire jazz standards, popular ballads, and just a wide variety of music. Below are a few of the many styles represented in their recordings.

The first and second exerpts are fusions of junkanoo merengue and other latin rhythms. The first has more of a junkanoo pulse, and the second more of a latin feel. What makes the two different in intensity is the use of the drum set in the first excerpt. The use of the conga drums makes the second closer in sound to our goombay music. The conga drums in the second excerpt are played by the expert hands of King Errison, one of our finest percussionist.

Click play to hear "Junkanoo Merengue" (Junkanoo style)

Click play to hear "Junkanoo Merengue" (Latin style)

Donald Butler has been with the orchestra for many years. He is well respected as on of our premier vocalist in the Bahamas. The band supports Donald's rich voice in this song made popular by the Beatles.

Click play to hear "And I Love Her So "

The influence of American bebop an jazz did not escape the Bahamas. Here in the next piece, it is evident in the rag time drum style, bebop trumpet riffs, and the unison singing style popular in the forties, fifties, and part of the sisties.

Click play to hear "Mr. Brown"