David Rudder

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David Rudder
Birth name David Michael Rudder
Born (1953-05-06) 6 May 1953 (age 65)
Origin Belmont, Port of Spain, 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) is a Trinidadian calypsonian. He is known to be one of the most successful calypsonians of all time.


Born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, one of nine children, Rudder spent much of his early life with his grandmother, a devout Baptist.[1] He began singing with a calypso band at a young age, and in his teens sang backup vocals in a calypso tent run by Lord Kitchener.[1]

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;[2] "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.


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) - -


  1. ^ a b Craig Harris, "Artist Biography", AllMusic.
  2. ^ "‘Haiti’ sung by David Rudder", In 1991, four tracks performed by Rudder were included in the soundtrack of the film Wild Orchid: "Dark Secret" (two versions), "Children Of Fire (Call Of Xango)", and "Just a Carnival", which includes Rudder in the final scene in the movie "performing" in the beach. When Steel Talks, 2008.

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