He started as a calypso singer in Trinidad under the stage name Lord Creator & recorded his first hits, “The Cockhead” & “Evening News”, in Trinidad in 1958 & 1959 respectively with Fitz Vaughan Bryan’s big band. Due to the success of his hit “Evening News” which was released in Trinidad on the Cook label and also in the UK on the Melodisc label, he moved to Jamaica in the late 1959 to perform & record & decided to settle there. In 1962, he recorded “Independent Jamaica” with producer Vincent “Randy” Chin, which became the official song marking Jamaica’s independence from the British Empire on 6 August 1962. That song was also the first record on Chris Blackwell’s newly founded Island Records label in the UK. In 1963, “Don’t Stay Out Late”, produced by Chin, became a hit in Jamaica.