Tributes Paid To Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour

February 5, 2021

Stan Seymour Bermuda Feb 2021“An icon in his own right, Stan was a gifted song writer, composer and singer,” the Minister said following the passing of Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour.

Bermuda Entertainment Union

A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Entertainment Union [BEU] family expresses their deepest sympathies on the death of Mr. Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour.

“Mr. Seymour, a kind, generous and entertaining individual, was a pre-eminent musician – a master of voice, harmonica, guitar and drums, a writer of poetry and song, composer of music and an artist. He was the consummate Calypsonian showman with a witty way with words.

“Stan Seymour’s career started at the age of 18. He paid his dues in the Entertainment Industry and became a household name in the 60s and 70s with hits like: “Matilde” and “Gooseneck Handlebars”.

“His popular hits were covered by other musicians in Bermuda and the Caribbean. His inspiration for songs depicted the life and style of island living that is, Bermuda.

“During performances, Stan always wore his signature straw boater and exuberantly coloured, long neck cloths. While performing with some of the contemporary Calypso greats of the time, he earned the title of King of Calypso while using his moniker “Lord Necktie”.

“Lord Necktie” travelled extensively in the US and Europe sharing his brand of music and always promoting Bermuda. Repeat visitors to the Island often enquired about him or went to locations to see him perform. In later years, you could hear him playing in the Arrivals Hall at the L.F. Wade International Airport, greeting visitors and returning residents with his dulcet sounds. He was an absolute Ambassador for Bermuda.

“A December 2013 Bernews article announced, Her Majesty the Queen recognized Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour for his service in Tourism and The Arts in her New Years’ Honours List 2014. The article further stated: “During his lifetime of service, Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour has helped tremendously in creating the Bermuda aura that has sustained this Country as a Tourism destination for so many years.”

“The BEU extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour. This true Bermuda son will be sincerely missed.”

Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport Dr. Ernest Peets

“Stan Seymour was a true cultural and tourism ambassador for Bermuda, and he will be truly missed,” said the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport Dr. Ernest Peets, following the passing of Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour.

The Minister continued, “Stan was fondly known as the King of Calypso and delighted visitors with his music for more than five decades. He was a popular fixture at local hotels and at the arrival hall of our airport, and he delighted in engaging residents and tourists alike with his infectious, original melodies about Bermuda, which he strummed on his guitar.

“He was from a generation that showcased such iconic local artists as the Talbot Brothers and Hubert Smith, and we are thankful for his contribution in shaping Bermuda’s musical and artistic culture.

“An icon in his own right, Stan was a gifted song writer, composer and singer who performed for dignitaries, royalty and for us here at home. And while he will be greatly missed, we are thankful that we have the amazing gift of his musical legacy which will live on for generations.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport, I extend my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of Mr. Stan ‘Lord Necktie’ Seymour. May he rest in peace.”

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