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
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Recordings (Results 51-53 of 53 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
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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