Respect Arrow’s Legacy – Soca Saturday

It’s only fitting that for our first Soca Saturday feature we Respect Arrow’s legacy

Respect Arrows LegacyBorn 16 November 1949, Alphonsus Celestine Edmund Cassell MBE was a calypso and soca musician who performed under the stage name Arrow, and is regarded as the first superstar of soca from Montserrat.

Arrow released his first album Arrow in the summer of 1971, two singles in mid 1972, “Dance with woman”, and “Jean under the bed.” In 1972 November he released his second album. Arrow strikes again. Cassell began fusing calypso with other genres such as Zouk, R&B, and salsa

In 1982, Cassell began working with arranger Leston Paul, and, with his Multi National Force band, recorded the album Hot Hot Hot, the title track, “Hot Hot Hot”, becoming his first pan-Caribbean hit and the biggest selling Soca hit of all time. It was adopted as the theme song of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Now that is reason enough to Respect Arrow’s Legacy.

He capitalised on success with 1983’s Heat album, and the “Rub Up” single, and 1984’s Soca Savage album, from which the international hit “Long Time” was taken, a top 30 hit in the United Kingdom

Who can remember jumping up to Long Time we not fete like this??!!!!

Cassell died peacefully at his home in Montserrat with his family at his side, on 15 September 2010.

There are so many reasons to Respect Arrow’s Legacy but today we feature his biggest hit Hot Hot Hot!

In the words of the ever so eloquent Birdman, put some respeck on his name!