The story of the Ramblers goes back to around 1950 in Georgetown, British Guiana when the last three siblings of the Serrão family started playing with make-believe guitars, made of empty herring cans with a wooden pole protruding, and four rubber bands with wooden heads to “tune” the guitar. In 1953, the Serrão brothers formally started the band with several friends – Michael Andrews, Romeo Rego, Mark Steele and Ambrose De Sousa. The band was in great demand for dances, house parties and charity concerts produced by “Auntie Olga” Lopes-Seale, “Honest John” Fernandes and The Ivy Campbell Dance School. Other well-known Guyanese artistes performing at these memorable concerts were “Raoul” Jack Cashmere, Nesbit Chhangur, Othmar Arthur, Willie Rodrigues, Ormond Lam and Oscar Dummett
By 1960, the Ramblers had made their first record with Cook Records. On it was their popular hit The Three in One Saga. From the pioneering days without amplification, bongos made from Guyana wallaba wood and bicycle parts, the band progressed to amplification.
Bing Serrão and The Ramblers brought their music from Guyana to Toronto in the latter part of 1964. Guyanese and West Indians new to Toronto flocked to the Jamaican Latin Quarter Club in downtown Toronto, now the site of the Eaton Centre. It was here, every Friday and Saturday night, that the group played, even on cold winter nights, to capacity audiences.
Folks from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe, who loved to dance, quickly learned about Bing Serrão and The Ramblers at 290½ Yonge Street near Dundas, on the third floor. The band’s renditions of calypso, standards and South American hits such as Spanish Eyes, Maria Elena, Amor Amor, Anna and others, were the stuff that filled a void for immigrants from many places.
Groups coming from Guyana were accustomed to a wide variety of music. While calypso and latin were the staple styles, Bing Serrão and the boys would throw in a waltz, tango, cha cha, ballad and more. This was particularly welcome to those who would rather not “calypso” all night and those who brought their Non-Guyanese / West Indian friends out for a night of fun. Folks were looking for a nice evening of dancing, and Bing Serrão and The Ramblers fitted the bill perfectly.
The band showcased their song writing skills, as heard on their CD The Three In One Saga, produced at their own Serrão Digital Music recording studio in Toronto, Ontario in 2002.
The group has since released Playing Your Favourites in 2005, and more recently (2007) a re-issue of their 33 1/3 LP Boys Night Out plus three bonus tracks which include their first ever recording of the original single The Three In One Saga.
After close to 70 years, the Ramblers are pure gold, Guyana gold, playing to multiple generations of Guyanese. They are the winners of several awards including the prestigious Wordsworth McAndrew Award 2003, Guyana Folk Festival, New York.
We have released a number of CDs of our own compositions and renditions of popular contemporary music. Check our music page for purchase information from Amazon Music, Google Music or iTunes.