Top T&T Steelpan Arranger Is Dead

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Mon. Nov. 28, 2005: Clive Bradley, the legendary steelpan arranger who captured both the first and second place wins in the 2005 Steel Panorama competition at the Brooklyn carnival, passed away on November 26 in Trinidad.

He was admitted to Port of Spain General Hospital after suffering a stroke at home four days prior to his death, on Nov. 22. Bradley who turned 69 earlier this month, was a much-sought after arranger who worked with New York bands, Pantonic and D’Radoes as well as Trinidad’s Witco Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, which he had been with since 1968.

When Steel Talks, the site dedicated to pan music, said Bradley was “one of the most important music figures in the history and development of the steelband movement,” adding that he “is to steelpan music, what Duke Ellington is to jazz and Mozart is to classical music.”

And Pan Trinbago president, Patrick Arnold, called Bradley’s passing “a major blow to not just Desperadoes but the steelband community as a whole,” according to the Trinidad Express.

The Trinidad opposition, United National Congress, also extended its condolences, saying, “We will never forget Mr. Bradley’s legendary pan arrangements such as ‘Pan In Harmony’ and ‘Bassman.”

His other notable arrangements included “Sa Sa Ya,” Margie,” “Fever,” “Crawford,” “Rebecca” and “The Jammer.” Pan Trinbago has asked steelbands throughout the country to light candles in their panyards in memory of Bradley. –