“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. The family said the announcement on funeral arrangements will be made at a later date.
Arrow emerged on the calypso scene in 1967 when he took the Junior Monarch title in Montserrat. He went on to win the calypso monarch competition four times and in the 1970s began to focus on a recording and touring career, setting up his own Arrow label. He shot to international fame with ‘Hot, Hot, Hot’, which became his biggest selling soca hit of all time. The song was adopted as the theme song of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including ‘Long Time’, ‘Dancing Mood’ and ‘Groove Master’. He performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe.