Fifty years since who was then Lord Short Shirt exploded onto the scene in Antigua and Barbuda. Fifty years of sheer delight, of joyful wonderment, during which we (Antigua, the Caribbean, and the world) have been serenaded by one of the sweetest and most exhilarating tenors of the past century. Fifty years witnessing the evolution of McLean Leroy Emanuel from "boy wonder" to Calypso King of Antigua and Barbuda and Caribbean Calypso King, to Sir McLean. Fifty years of living through the transformation of the art of calypso in Antigua and Barbuda and the rest of the Caribbean, the advent of which coincided with the appearance of this dynamic performing artiste. It has been The King Short Shirt Era. What an experience this has been!