Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

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"Man Smart (Woman Smarter)" is a calypso song whose composition is credited variously to King Radio (Norman Span), D. L. Miller, F. Kuhn, and Charles Harris.[1][2][3][4] Span's authorship seems most plausible since as a popular calypso musician and songwriter he first recorded the song in 1936, and none of the other ascribed composers are associated with calypso.[5] Miller's music industry career began around 1950.

Variations of the song have been recorded by many artists, including Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, the Carpenters, Rosanne Cash, Chubby Checker,[6] Dr Victor, Robert Palmer, and Ratdog. It was a staple of the live repertoire of the Grateful Dead from 1981 to 1995.[7] Belafonte's version was included on his best-selling album Calypso, which reached number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956 and remained on the chart for 31 weeks.[8][better source needed] On the Belafonte album, Span is credited as the song's composer. It is sung by Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, William Frawley and Vivian Vance in the 1957 episode of I Love Lucy entitled "Ragtime Band".


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  3. ^ "Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series". 1958.
  4. ^ "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)". Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  5. ^ Steve Sullivan (2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Volume 1. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810882966. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  6. ^ Riley, Tim (June 2004). Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America. p. 128. ISBN 9780312286118. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Grateful Dead Family Discography". Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  8. ^ Retrieved 16 May 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)