In the Calypso Tent


REAL NAME: Norman Span
PLACE OF BIRTH: ..., Trinidad
CAREER:                                 King Radio began singing in the early-1930s and is believed to have won the first Road March competition in 1932 with "Tiger Tom Play Tiger Cat." He composed and sang "Matilda" which was later recorded and made internationally popular by American singer Harry Belafonte. He continued performing through the 1940s. His calypsoes include:
  • 1933 - Brown Skin Gal
  • 1938 - Matilda
  • Also - Sedition Law; Neighbour; It's The Rhythm We Want; John O'Carr; Ma Maria; Old Men Come Back Again; Body Line; Man Smart, Woman Smarter; We Ain't Fraid Nobody (with Roaring Lion); Neighbour; Ribs; Monkey (with Roaring Lion and Growling Tiger); Radio Fifty Wives; Warning the Children Towards Mother; Unfortunate Bridegroom; Body Line; War (with Growling Tiger and Roaring Lion); Abyssinian Lament (with Roaring Lion)
DIED: ...
Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit