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Harry Belafonte

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Belafonte at the Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party, 2011

Source: Wikipedia

Harry Belafonte (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. One of the most successful African-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style (originating in Trinidad & Tobago) with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". He has recorded in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He has also starred in several films, most notably in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).

Fact file

  • Born: Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. March 1, 1927 (age 88) Harlem, Manhattan, New York New York, U.S.
  • Nationality: American
  • Other names: Harold George Belefonte, Jr. Harry Belafonte, Jr.
  • Occupation: Singer-songwriter, actor, social activist
  • Years active: 1947–present
  • Spouse(s): Marguerite Byrd (1948–57) Julie Robinson (1957–2004) Pamela Frank (2008–present)
  • Website: www.singyoursongthemovie.com

Read more about Harry Belafonte at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte Honored At Apollo 'A Great Night in Harlem' Event
Billboard, 2019-04-05 11:26:48
Tony Bennett had few words to say, but many more to sing. Bennett was among the honorees Thursday night (April 4) at “A Great Night in...

Harry Belafonte on his inspirations, activism, and confronting racism
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2018-03-23 19:03:36
"I realized early on that beyond my art and my other sets of platforms, nothing was ever going to remove me from the permanent struggle of race"

Harry Belafonte explains the story behind "Calypso"
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2018-03-22 17:50:18
Belafonte's 1956 album "Calypso" has been inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry

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