Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Springer played with a number of reggae and calypso bands as a teenager. He later moved to Canada, settling in Toronto and playing local clubs in a Jimi Hendrix tribute band. He joined Rough Trade in 1986, and following that band's breakup he launched his own band, Wild T and the Spirit.
- "One slow-cookin' Trade show". The Globe and Mail, January 31, 1986.
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