October 2003


REAL NAME: Timothy Watkins, Jr.
PLACE OF BIRTH: La Romaine, Trinidad
  • Rambert EC School
  • San Fernando Technical Institute
  • CAREER:                           While growing up in Bamboo Village, La Romaine, Baron sang Baptist spirituals with his parents at the church they led, and later began singing at various community events. Baron won the Scouting for Talent competition during the early 1970s and made his singing debut at the Original Young Brigade Calypso Tent in 1971, after being introduced to the management by his long-time friend, Lord Shorty, who gave the young calypsonian his trade name, Baron, and wrote his first hit, Severe Licking. Baron then performed in North America for about 13 years before returning to Trinidad in 1984. On February 15, 2022, he was honored when the Timothy Watkins "The Baron'" Street was named after him. Formerly called Bay Road, this street exists at the intersection of the Bamboo Junction and Gulf View Link Road in La Romaine. His calypsoes include:
    • 1971 - Severe Licking
    • 1984 - The Jammer; Feeling It; Priscilla
    • 1985 - Boom Boom; Buss Up Shut; Changes; Do It; Make Love Not War
    • 1986 - Ah Fraid; Doh Rock It So; Jennie; Raja Rani; River of Tears; Soca Baby
    • 1987 - Use Me; Trouble; Soca Espanol; Say Say
    • 1988 - Dance Floor; Soca Man; Melosian Rhapsody
    • 1989 - We Havin' A Party; What About; Somebody
    • 2001 - Fire Down Below; In A Party With My Baby; Peace for the Millennium; Brown Skin Girl
    • 2009 - One More
    • 2011 - Ah Wanna Dance With You
    • Also: Is Christmas; Is Christmas Again; Say Say; Poom Poom Shorts; Boom Boom; This Melody Sweet; Come by Me; Tell Me Why; Neighbour; Jam You; Spanish Woman
    • 2016 - Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold (for Calypso)
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit