Rudolph “ The Hammer” Charles was a local community leader from Laventille Hill. His contributions to steelpan development as an inventor and tuner have gained him universal respect.
He joined the West Indian Tobacco Desperadoes Steel Orchestra (Witco Desperadoes or Desperadoes) in 1958 and became band leader from 1961.
Originally called the Gay Desperadoes, Rudolph was influential in changing the band's name due to its then negative connotations.
Throughout much of his leadership, the Desperadoes were considered to be the greatest band in the world. Rudolph was known for effectively participating in the band’s organisation as well as musical direction. Panorama was at the forefront of this drive as he is quoted “Carnival produces strength on the hill”.
His tuning style produced a unique tone and became a part of the Desperadoes signature.
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