Merchant

Dennis Franklyn Williams

Also known as Dennis Williams (2)

Discography of Merchant:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Rock It/Pan In Danger 2 Audio 1985 Hot Vinyl
2 Um Ba Yao / Let No Man Judge 2 Audio 1978 Charlie's Records
3 Rock...It 2 Audio 1985 Polydor
4 Rock..It 4 Audio 1985 Kalico Records
5 Dr. Soca 8 Audio 1979 Charlie's Records
6 Ah Coming Too/Pain (Peace) 2 Audio 1987 Hot Vinyl
7 Rock It.... 2 Audio 1985 Hot Vinyl
8 Rock It.... 2 Audio 1985 Hot Vinyl
9 Rock It 2 Audio 1985 Polydor
10 Rock..It 4 Audio 1985 Benmac Records
11 Um-Ba-Yao 2 Audio 1978 Kalinda
12 Rock It 2 Audio 1985 Polydor
13 There Must Be A Way 6 Audio 1986 Charlie's Records
14 Ah Coming Too 6 Audio 1987 Straker's Records
15 Power Play 6 Audio 1988
16 Merchant's Pilgrimage 8 Audio 1981 Charlie's Records
17 Um Ba Yao / Let No Man Judge 2 Audio 1978 Charlie's Records
18 Pan In Mih System/Plenty Loving 2 Audio 1990 Hueloy Records
19 Dr. Soca 8 Audio 1979 Charlie's Records
20 Merchant's Pilgrimage 8 Audio 1981 Kaisoca Records Limited
21 Norman / Come And Take It 2 Audio 1977 Kalinda
22 None For You 2 Audio 1979 Wizards Records
23 Taxi Talk 2 Audio 1979 Wizards Records
24 Trouble Eh Nice 2 Audio 1979 Wizards Records
25 Rock It 2 Audio 1985 Not On Label
26 Um Ba Yao / Let No Man Judge 2 Audio 1978 Tackle
27 Trouble Ennice 2 Audio Charlie's Records
28 The Early Years 11 Audio 1995 JW Productions


Born - mm/dd/yyyy

Died - 5/1/1999

MERCHANT lost his mother at age 11 and spent the majority of his teens in the Belmont orphanage where he learned to play the guitar and developed a love for music and singing. He led a troubled teenage life which took a turn for the better when he was spared jail time and placed on probation provided that he pursue music as a career.

A brilliant songwriter and composer, his works propelled many other calypso artists into the spotlight, though he remains uncredited for many of them. Among those he wrote for are Bally, Baron, Crazy, De Fosto, Mighty Trini, Designer, Drupatee, Eddy Grant, Elsworth James, Explainer, Leon Coldero and King Austin.

Despite success with hits such as "Um Ba Yo", "Pan In Danger", "Caribbean Connection" and "Rock It" MERCHANT continued to be haunted by demons from his childhood throughout his career and battled a drug habit. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1994 and died of AIDS in 1999.


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