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date: 29 September 2020

Charles, Rudolph Valentinolocked

(1938–1985), musician and bandleader,
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who was also known by the nicknames “Trail,” “Charlo,” and “The Man with the Hammer,” was born 1 October 1938, at Laventille, a suburb of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, the fourth of nine children born to Sydney, a prison officer, and Georgiana, a housewife and bass player. His father’s death in 1953, when Charles was fifteen, due to complications from diabetes, induced him to predict his own death at his father’s age: forty-four. His early education was at Rosary Boys’ Roman Catholic and Tranquility Government Schools. He excelled in the classroom and at cricket. Born into a musical family, he loved and sang classical music. Upon leaving school, Charles found a job at the General Post Office, Port-of-Spain, and devoted part of his earnings to purchasing recordings of music by Bach, Beethoven, and Sibelius.

Born in the area of Laventille called The Hill the home of the Desperadoes Steelband Charles ...

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