Guyanese singer Pamela Maynard loses battle to cancer
November 26, 2012 | By KNews | Filed Under News
Canada-based Guyanese singer, Pamela Maynard succumbed yesterday to a long battle with breast cancer. The former member of the Guyana Defence Force was one of Guyana’s singing icons who was versatile in Reggae, Gospel, Soul, R&B, Calypso, Jazz and Soca.
Born in Georgetown, she was the daughter of Guyanese singer/songwriter Mavis Maynard, who wrote Pamela’s debut hit Lost, Lonely and Helpless. She performed alongside Eddy Grant at a memorable show in their hometown. After leaving school in 1976, she joined the army where she sang for visiting dignitaries such as Fidel Castro. She also represented Guyana at song festivals from the age of 15.
She performed with artistes such as Ben E King, the Platters, the Drifters and Ray Charles; also top JA acts such as Jimmy Cliff, Hopeton Lewis, John Holt, Byron Lee and The Dragonaires and Boris Gardner as well as calypsonian giants Lord Kitchener, the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow and Baron.
After a year in Barbados between 1977-78, where she sang at most of the island’s top venues and hotel resorts, she then joined a well known Trinidadian group called the Troubadours, enjoying considerable acclaim in the process.
The following year she became lead singer in soca creator Lord Shorty’s band, with whom she toured Canada. It was to prove a memorable experience since the group split up just a year later, with the band members being left stranded far from home.
Undaunted by their predicament and confident in her ability to pull through, she began performing both solo and with bands (including Aubrey Mann’s on the Canadian club and talent show circuit). A real highlight of her Canadian stay was singing at the Guyanese Consulate in Toronto.
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