King Radio

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Norman Span, known as King Radio, was a top Trinidadian calypsonian active in the 1930s and 1940s.[1]

He was a waterfront worker in Port of Spain when he started performing in public in 1929. Six years later he started his short-lived recording career.[2] He was the composer of many calypsos, several of which later became standards through popular recordings by Harry Belafonte such as "Matilda",[3] "Man Smart, Woman Smarter",[4] and "Brown Skin Girl".[5]


  1. ^ Quevedo, Raymond (1983). Atilla's kaiso: a short history of Trinidad calypso. University of the West Indies. p. 100. OCLC 11727508.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Steve (2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Vol. 1. Scarecrow Press. pp. 607–608. ISBN 978-0-8108-8296-6.
  3. ^ Pereira, Alberto; Johannes Maerk (2002). Turismo, desarrollo y recursos naturales en el Caribe. Plaza y Valdes. p. 50. ISBN 9789707220683.
  4. ^ Catlin, Roger (8 July 1993). "Comedy in the round, and all-around comedy with Steven Wright". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  5. ^ Crowley, Daniel J. (May 1959). "Toward a Definition of Calypso (Part I)". Ethnomusicology. 3 (2): 57–66. ISSN 0014-1836. JSTOR 924286.