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Kid Creole and the Coconuts are an American band created and led by August Darnell. Their music incorporates styles like big band jazz, disco, and in particular Caribbean/Latin American salsa. The Coconuts are a glamorous trio of female backing vocalists whose lineup changes throughout the years. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... This article is becoming very long. ... West Indian redirects here. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad. ...

Thomas August Darnell Browder (aka August Darnell, aka Kid Creole) was born in Bronx, on 12 August 1950. The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Darnell began his career in a band named The In-Laws with his half-brother in 1965, which disbanded so August could pursue a career as an English teacher. He obtained a masters degree, but in 1974 again formed a band with his half-brother under the name Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. They played to some initial success, reaching a gold and Top 40-charting album with their debut release, but could not match this on subsequent releases. Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band was a big band/ swing/disco band formed in Brooklyn New York. ...

Darnell began producing for other artists before adopting the name Kid Creole (from the Elvis Presley film King Creole) in 1980, and forming The Coconuts, a trio of female backing vocalist/dancers, including his wife Adriana Kaegi, and a band including vibraphone player Andy Hernandez aka Coati Mundi. Cheryl Poirier joined that year as lead vocalist of the Coconuts, followed by Taryn Hagey as "Coconut #3" on background vocals in 1981. This line-up remained in place throughout the band's heyday. Hagey left the group in 1985 and was replaced by Janique Svedberg. Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... King Creole is a 1958 Elvis Presley film and soundtrack based on the 1952 Harold Robbins novel, A Stone for Danny Fisher. ... Coati Mundi is the stage name of Andy Hernandez, vibraphone player and member of Kid Creole and the Coconuts. ...

Their debut album was the heavily disco-influenced Off the Coast of Me, which was critically well-received but not successful commercially. The sophomore release Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places was a concept album matched with a New York Public Theatre stage production; it received rave reviews, and Darnell was recognized as a clever lyricist and astute composer, arranger and producer. The album charted briefly, and subsequently Coati Mundi's "Me No Pop I", though not originally on the album, became a Top 40 UK hit single. Their breakthrough came with 1982's Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off three Top 10 hits with "Stool Pigeon", "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy" and "I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby", written by musical director Peter Schott. "Dear Addy" also made the Top 40. In the US the album was retitled Wise Guy and reached #145, and "I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby" flirted with the R&B charts. 1983's Doppelganger was a relative commercial disappointment, despite the single "There's Something Wrong in Paradise" reaching the Top 40. This article is becoming very long. ... Tropical Gangsters (released in the US as Wise Guy) is the 1982 album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts. ... Tropical Gangsters is a 1982 album by Kid Creole & the Coconuts, also released in the US as Wise Guy. ...

Kid Creole and the Coconuts were a spectacular live act, complete with lavish set designs with a tropical motif, wild costumes and intricate choreography by the Coconuts (provided by Kaegi). On stage they infused an energy, rhythm and playfulness in their music that drove audiences wild. Though Kid Creole never achieved mainstream success in the US, the band was hugely popular in major cities (especially its hometown NYC) and hit pop superstar status in England and Europe, where its eclecticism and sophistication were much more appreciated.

Darnell and Kaegi divorced in 1985, though she remained with the band. She and Cheryl Poirier also formed their own group, Boomerang, with Perri Lister, which released an album on the Atlantic label in 1986. Darnell continued Kid Creole and the Coconuts and in the mid to late 1980s contributed to various film soundtracks and other such projects. He appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1986 and in this period released the albums In Praise of Older Women and Other Crimes and I, Too, Have Seen the Woods, neither of which charted despite the hit "Endicott". 1990's Private Waters in the Great Divide had a hit with single "The Sex of It", a song written by Prince and recorded at Paisley Park Studios with Sheila E. It reached Top 40 in the US and UK and is to date one of his most well-known songs. Poster designed by Keith Haring The Montreux Jazz Festival is the best-known music festival in Switzerland. ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... Paisley Park Studios is a studio and multimedia company run by rock/rhythm and Blues artist Prince. ... Sheila Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), better known as Sheila E., is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. ...

Darnell used to reside in the Dinnington area of South Yorkshire but now lives in London (and occasionally Sweden), and still tours with the Coconuts occasionally. He is currently collaborating with Writer/Producer Peter Schott on a Contemporary Opera, to be produced by Son Of Kong Productions. This article is about the town in South Yorkshire, for other uses see Dinnington (disambiguation). ... South Yorkshire is a metropolitan and ceremonial county in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region of England, in the United Kingdom. ...



  • Off the Coast of Me (1980)
  • Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places (1981) #180 US
  • Tropical Gangsters (released in the US as Wise Guy) (1982) #3 UK, #145 US, #43 US Black
  • Doppelganger (1983)
  • Cre-Olè: The Best of Kid Creole and the Coconuts (1984)
  • In Praise of Older Women and Other Crimes (1985)
  • I, Too, Have Seen the Woods (1987)
  • Private Waters in the Great Divide (1990)
  • You Shoulda Told Me You Were (1991)
  • Kid Creole Redux (1992)
  • To Travel Sideways (1995)
  • Kiss Me Before the Light Changes (1995)
  • The Conquest of You (1997)
  • Oh! What a Night (2000) (Live album; also released as Best of Kid Creole and the Coconuts)
  • Too Cool to Conga! (2001)

Singles: Tropical Gangsters (released in the US as Wise Guy) is the 1982 album by Kid Creole and the Coconuts. ...

  • "Maladie D'Amour" (1980)
  • "He's Not Such a Bad Guy (After All)" (1980)
  • "Going Places" (1981) #51 US Club Play Singles
  • "Kid Creole and the Coconuts presents Coati Mundi: Me No Pop I" (1981) #32 UK
  • "I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby" (1982) #44 Black Singles, #18 Club Play Singles
  • "Stool Pigeon" (1982) #25 Club Play Singles
  • "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy" (1982) #2 UK, #45 Germany
  • "The Lifeboat Party" (1982)
  • "Dear Addy" (aka Christmas in B'Dilly Bay with Kid Creole and the Coconuts) (1982) #29 UK
  • "Don't Take My Coconuts" (1983)
  • "There's Something Wrong in Paradise" (1983)
  • "My Male Curiosity" (1984)
  • "Endicott" (1985)
  • "Caroline Was a Drop-Out" (1986)
  • "Hey Mambo" (with Barry Manilow) (1987)
  • "The Sex of It" (1990) #36 UK
  • "I Love Girls" (1990)
  • "(She's A) Party Girl" (1991)
  • "UFO" (1997)


The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ...

External links

  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts official site
  • The Chameleon's B'Dilli Bay fan site
  • Public Transport
  • IMDB page: Kid Creole
  • IMDB page Movie: Against All Odds (1984)

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