That appears to be his last year in the tent as he and his partner Young Killer both started appearing at hotels throughout the Caribbean and in the United States. Observer moved initially to Jamaica performing there for a period of time before moving to New York City permanently. He appeared at Expo 67 in a film called The Calypso Traveler. He performed regularly around New York City after moving there at hotels, country clubs, colleges, and dining rooms with his Revue which featured steel drums, a limbo dancer and a fire eater. Observer was often a guest on the Joe Franklin Show and on WLIB radio. In 1974, he made a singing commercial for Clairol shampoo with Geoffrey Holder. In the late '70s he even had his own Lord Observer Variety Show on New York Cable TV. He recorded at least one single in New York, a tribute to his new home, New York City - Urban Beauty / Weatherman on Rosie. Issued a cassette album in 1990, New York Joe, with disco, R&B and reggae as well as calypso. Organized a benefit for Tiger in New York City in 1992. Suffered a stroke in 1994 that impeded his activities after that date until his death.
I have been unable so far to find a copy of the Cook-Caribbean single he reported recording. In fact, many Cook-Caribbean singles issued in the late '50s and early '60s have not survived it seems. Observer had also mentioned recording in Jamaica but I have no details to go on. The lyrics to only a few of his early calypsos survive. Here is his 1967 commentary on nuclear weapons.
Observer - Ban Nuclear Weapons
Too much war aggression
Under develop countries
Poverty and starvation
Fighting to keep they sovereignty
The cold war in Berlin
Ban the Nuclear testing
What they tells we bout peace and unity
When they lookin for war daily.
Mr United Nation Secretary
What is the destiny of humanity
The United States and Russia
Was spending billions of dollars
And people dying for hunger in India
Tell them find a cure for cancer
Or eradicate the world slum area
I'm appealing to the United Nations
Ban all Nuclear weapons.
The Crises in Cuba
Vietnam and Korea
Ian Smith in Rhodesia
Fighting to keep power
We want roads and education
But all they studying is nuclear weapons
Move all them bombs from the shelf
Or man is going to destroy himself.
If you check on history
The crimes by Hitler and Mussolini
America drop ah bomb in Japan
Up to now the whole place barren
They talkin bout the arms race
And to put ah man in space
Take way the wealth from them big nations
Let me see them with they nuclear weapons.
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