Clifton Ryan known in the calypso world as the Mighty Bomber was born in St Georges, Grenada on 30th January 1928. His mother was a Grenadian and his father was a Trinidadian from Serraneau Road, Belmont. From a very early age he realized that he could compose and sing calypsoes and would keep notes of the songs in a copy book. His work soon came to the attention of a friend who arranged for him to enter the Grenada Calypso competition in 1940 at the tender age of 12. His rendition was so good that he won this first competition and repeated this feat until 1947.