King Radio

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

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. He was the composer of many calypsos, several of which later became standards through popular recordings by Harry Belafonte such as "Matilda", "Man Smart, Woman Smarter", and "Brown Skin Girl".

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer

Notes: His compositions are credited under his real name, Norman Span.

See Also: Span, Norman

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-04602 10-in. 2/4/1937 Rats diplomacy Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04603 10-in. 2/4/1937 The tricks of some married women Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-04604 10-in. 2/4/1937 Don't touch me down dey Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04605 10-in. 2/4/1937 Woman, you can't fool my man Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04618 10-in. 2/6/1937 Two loving pets King Radio ; Lady Trinidad Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04619 10-in. 2/6/1937 Children love your mother Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04642 10-in. 2/7/1937 Nettie, Nettie, I can't stand the digging Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04644 10-in. 2/7/1937 The woman vampires Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04645 10-in. 2/7/1937 My little pet Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-04646 10-in. 2/7/1937 Abdication Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-017876 10-in. late 1937 This is the life Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor BS-017878 10-in. late 1937 Cecilia Bert McLean's Jazz Hounds ; King Radio Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble vocalist  
Victor BS-018064 10-in. 1/17/1938 Joe Louis King Radio Dubbed recording : Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist  
Decca 60996 10-in. 4/7/1936 Hell yard and George St. King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
Decca 61005 10-in. 4/8/1936 Send your children to the orp .. King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
Decca 61012 10-in. 4/8/1936 [Unknown title(s)] King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
Decca 61015 10-in. 4/9/1936 Man smart, woman smarter King Radio vocalist  
Decca 61018 10-in. 4/9/1936 Gold diggers King Radio vocalist  
Decca 61020 10-in. 4/9/1936 Unfortunate bridgegroom King Radio vocalist  
Decca 61021 10-in. 4/9/1936 Warning the children towards Mother King Radio vocalist  
Decca 61028 10-in. 4/11/1936 Milly King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] vocalist  
Decca 61030 10-in. 4/11/1936 War King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
Decca 61031 10-in. 4/11/1936 we ain't 'fraid nobody King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] vocalist  
Decca 61032 10-in. 4/11/1936 Don't break it I say King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
Decca 61033 10-in. 4/11/1936 Millington King Radio ; The Lion [Hubert R. Charles] ; The Tiger [Neville Marcano] vocalist  
Decca 68944 10-in. 4/11/1941 Chip chip water King Radio vocalist  
Decca 68974 10-in. 4/11/1941 My girl Mabel King Radio vocalist  
Decca 68977 10-in. 4/11/1941 Government house dance King Radio vocalist  
Decca 68979 10-in. 4/11/1941 Jitterbug King Radio vocalist  
Decca 69005 10-in. 4/16/1941 Lovely women, noble men King Radio vocalist  
Decca 69022 10-in. 4/18/1941 Go and sleep at your neighbour King Radio vocalist  
Decca 72891 10-in. 6/7/1945 Want to die with my boots on King Radio vocalist  
Decca 72892 10-in. 6/7/1945 Go far it King Radio vocalist  
Decca 72903 10-in. 5/25/1945 Madame, look back you basket King Radio vocalist  
Decca 72904 10-in. 5/25/1945 Air raid shelter King Radio vocalist  
Decca 72905 10-in. 5/25/1945 Control to blast King Radio vocalist  
Decca 72906 10-in. 5/25/1945 Mothers who supporting your child : Calypso King Radio vocalist, composer  
Decca 72915 10-in. 5/31/1945 I'll be a colored Hitler King Radio vocalist  
Decca 72916 10-in. 5/31/1945 Not me with old women King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91635 10-in. 2/1/1939 Elsie King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91636 10-in. 2/1/1939 Old men come back again King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91637 10-in. 2/1/1939 Matilda King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91638 10-in. 2/1/1939 Joh O' Carr King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91639 10-in. 2/1/1939 It's the rhythm we want King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91657 10-in. 2/6/1939 Too much sorrows and pains King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91918 10-in. 2/4/1940 My impression of Demarara King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91919 10-in. 2/4/1940 Sedition law King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91920 10-in. 2/4/1940 Two sisters scandal King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91935 10-in. 2/9/1940 Emily King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91936 10-in. 2/9/1940 Germany invades Poland King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91937 10-in. 2/9/1940 Story of Mr. Paul King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91975 10-in. 2/12/1940 The guardian contest King Radio vocalist  
Decca 91976 10-in. 2/12/1940 The war King Radio vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "King Radio," accessed December 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108537.

King Radio. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108537.

"King Radio." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 December 2023.

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