David Rudder

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David Rudder
Birth name David Michael Rudder
Born (1953-05-06) 6 May 1953 (age 62)
Origin Belmont, Trinidad and Tobago
Genres Calypso, soca
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer, producer, song-writer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1977–present
Labels Sire/Warner Bros. Records (1986–90)
Website www.davidmichaelrudder.com

David Michael Rudder (born 6 May 1953, Belmont, Trinidad and Tobago) is a calypsonian from Trinidad.


David Rudder is one of the most successful calypsonians of all time. In 1977, he joined Charlie's Roots, a leading band in Trinidad and Tobago, and spent many years as one of the band's vocalists. In 1986 he came to prominence on Andy Narell's album The Hammer, which produced two big hits: "The Hammer" (a tribute to the late pannist Rudolph Charles) and "Bahia Girl". This was followed in 1987 with "Calypso Music", a brilliant encapsulation of the history of calypso. In 1988 Rudder released what is widely considered his best album to date, Haiti, which included the title track, a tribute to the glory and suffering of Haiti; "Engine Room", which captured the energy of the steel band; and "Rally 'Round the West Indies", which became the anthem of West Indies cricket.In 2008, Rudder did a Soca collaboration with fellow Trinidadian Machel Montano, "Oil and Music" on Machel's 2007 album Flame On. His music is heard all over the world from Panama City Panama to New Delhi India.


Year Album Peak positions
U.S. top 200 UK
2001 The Autobiography of the Now - -
2000 Zero - -
1998 International Chantuelle - -
1998 Beloved - -
1996 Wrapped in Plain Brown Paper - -
1995 Tales from a Strange Land - -
1995 Gilded Collection—Volume 1 - -
1994 Lyrics Man - -
1993 Here Comes the West Indies - -
1990 1990 - -
1987 Haiti (with Charlie's Roots) - -

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