Veteran calypsonian Composer (Fred Mitchell), died this morning at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he had been hospitalised for the past two weeks with a heart condition and other health issues. He was 83
Composer greatest successes were in the 1960s and '70s. when he had hits with Workers' Lament, Supposing, True or Lie, Black Fallacy and Child Training. Born in Icacos, he was a member of the Singing Mitchells family group that sang chorus lines for Sparrow’s National Recording Company productions, before launching out on his own as a calypsonian at Sparrow’s Original Young Brigade tent in 1964.
He was a foundation member of the first Calypsonian's Association in T&T as well Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) where he served as an executive member for many years.
Apart from being an accomplished calypsonian, Composer is known for portraying the Red Indian character, parading in the traditional mas on Carnival Monday and Tuesday in San Fernando.