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Harry Belafonte

An actor, humanitarian, and the acknowledged "King of Calypso," Harry Belafonte ranked among the most seminal performers of the postwar era. One of the most successful African-American pop stars in history, Belafonte's staggering talent, good looks, and masterful assimilation of folk, jazz, and worldbeat rhythms allowed him to achieve a level of mainstream eminence and crossover popularity virtually unparalleled in the days before the advent of the civil rights movement -- a cultural uprising which he himself helped spearhead.

Harold George Belafonte, Jr., was born March 1, 1927, in Harlem, NY. The son of Caribbean-born immigrants, he returned with his mother to her native Jamaica at the age of eight, remaining there for the next five years. Upon returning to the U.S., Belafonte dropped out of high school to enlist in the U.S. Navy; after his discharge, he resettled in New York City to forge a career as an actor, performing with the American Negro Theatre while studying drama at Erwin Piscator's famed Dramatic Workshop alongside the likes of Marlon Brando and Tony Curtis.

A singing role resulted in a series of cabaret engagements, and eventually Belafonte even opened his own club. Initially, he put his clear, silky voice to work as a straight pop singer, launching his recording career on the Jubilee label in 1949; however, at the dawn of the 1950s he discovered folk music, learning material through the Library of Congress' American folk songs archives while also discovering West Indian music. With guitarist Millard Thomas, Belafonte soon made his debut at the legendary jazz club the Village Vanguard; in 1953, he made his film bow in Bright Road, winning a Tony Award the next year for his work in the Broadway revue John Murray Anderson's Almanac.

With his lead role in Otto Preminger's film adaptation of Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones, Belafonte shot to stardom; after signing to the RCA label, he issued Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites, which reached the number three slot on the Billboard charts in the early weeks of 1956. His next effort, titled simply Belafonte, reached number one, kick-starting a national craze for calypso music; Calypso, also issued in 1956, topped the charts for a staggering 31 weeks on the strength of hits like "Jamaica Farewell" and the immortal "Banana Boat (Day-O)."

Following the success of 1957's An Evening with Belafonte and its hit "Mary's Boy Child," Belafonte returned to film, using his now considerable clout to realize the controversial film Island in the Sun, in which his character contemplates an affair with a white woman portrayed by Joan Fontaine. Similarly, 1959's Odds Against Tomorrow cast him as a bank robber teamed with a racist accomplice. Also in 1959 he released the LP Belafonte at Carnegie Hall, a recording of a sold-out April performance that spent over three years on the charts; Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall followed in 1960 and featured appearances by Odetta, Miriam Makeba, and the Chad Mitchell Trio.

At the turn of the 1960s, Belafonte became television's first black producer; his special Tonight with Harry Belafonte won an Emmy that same year. Although dissatisfied with filmmaking, he continued his prolific album output with 1961's Jump Up Calypso and 1962's The Midnight Special, which featured the first-ever recorded appearance by a young harmonica player named Bob Dylan. As the Beatles and other stars of the British Invasion began to dominate the pop charts, Belafonte's impact as a commercial force diminished; 1964's Belafonte at the Greek Theatre was his last Top 40 effort, and subsequent efforts like 1965's An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba and 1966's In My Quiet Room struggled even to crack the Top 100. 1969's Homeward Bound earned Belafonte his final Billboard chart appearance, although he continued to record. He then made his first film appearance in over a decade in 1970's The Angel Levine and continued to focus on his work as a civil rights activist.

In addition to his continued work in recording (albeit less frequently after leaving RCA in the mid-'70s) and film (1972's Buck and the Preacher and 1974's Uptown Saturday Night), Belafonte spent an increasing amount of the 1970s and 1980s as a tireless humanitarian; most famously, he was a central figure of the USA for Africa effort, singing on the 1985 single "We Are the World." A year later, he replaced Danny Kaye as UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador. After a long absence from the screen, Belafonte resurfaced in the mid-'90s in a number of film roles, most notably in the reverse-racism drama White Man's Burden and Robert Altman's jazz-era period piece Kansas City. Although at this point Belafonte had stopped recording new music, he kept his name in the news by releasing the occasional live album (including 1997's An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends) as well as being an outspoken proponent of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and opponent of the Bush government. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits

Disc 1

1. A-Roving

2. Chiminey Smoke

3. Shenandoah

4. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

5. Jerry (This Timber Got To Roll)

6. Scarlet Ribbons

7. Gomen Nasai (Forgive Me)

8. Suzanne (Every Night When The Sun Goes Down)

9. Matilda!

10. Venezuela

11. Hold 'Em Joe

12. Im Just A Country Boy

13. Man Piaba

14. John Henry

15. Sylvie

16. Jump Down, Spin Around

17. In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'

18. Unchained Melody

19. Come Back Liza

20. I Do Adore Her

21. Jamaica Farewell

Disc 2

1. Day-O (Banana Boat Song)

2. Cu-Cu-Ru-Cu-Cu Paloma

3. Mary's Boy Child

4. Once Was

5. When The Saints Go Marching In

6. Danny Boy

7. Mama, Look At Bubu

8. Don't Ever Love Me

9. Cocoanut Woman

10. Angelique-O

11. Island In The Sun

12. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

13. God Bless The Child

14. Cotton Fields

15. Delia's Gone

16. Oh, Freedom

Disc 3

1. Jump In The Line

2. Land Of The Sea And Sun

3. Angelina

4. Midnight Special

5. On Top Of Old Smokey

6. Muleskinner

7. Michael Row The Boat Ashore

8. This Land Is Your Land

9. Try To Remember

10. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

11. A Day In The Life Of A Fool

12. If I Were A Carpenter

13. Mr. Bojangles

14. Abraham, Martin And John

15. Scarborough Fair (Canticle)

16. Fare Thee Well

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Track List: Calypso

1. Day-O (Banana Boat Song)

2. I Do Adore Her

3. Jamaica Farewell

4. Will His Love Be Like His Rum?

5. Dolly Dawn

6. Star-O

7. The Jack-A** Song

8. Hosanna

9. Come Back Liza

10. Brown Skin Girl

11. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

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My Mom adores u.. :) and i so like your voice ..
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STOP
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BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE
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Hey jesus28mel that wrong u can't say that .Lefty in the house said so.
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filmfreakste r
Look at bubu, that is your daddy!
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HATE YOU ARE STUPID F**K YOU
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Oh the drunkin nights singing this song!!!
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anthony.gilb e r t 1 8
LOTS OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT LIL' WAYNE GOT HIS 6 FOOT 7 FOOT LINES FROM THIS SONG
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Ahho
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filmfreakste r
ONE OF THE BEST SONGS BY HIM‼️ THIS IS A MUST HEAR SONG‼️‼️‼️‼️
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floralovesca t s
Beetlejuice
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I'm 20 years old and i listen to him more than anything i get strange looks driving thru town with him full blast on my radio :)
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jaimo2
I am sure that Harry Belafonte has been to many other countries, and I also if I may say, America needs work. criticism is not a bad thing.
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Tally me banana
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I was a teen when Beetlejuice came out but already knew the songs...my grandmother played him all the time. They were both so cool...
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Omg the last I heard this song was about four years ago with my dad I love it������
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6 foot 7 foot 8 foot bunch... lil wayne stole that from him lol. XD
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My Mom listened to you and i did also growing up. I miss your voice .. :)
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nakordys
Actually, its both scenes where this song plays.
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He's great ( :
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actually it's the ending scene of beetlejuice where Lydia comes home from school an has passed her math test
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reminds me of the beetlejuice scene where they're possessed... l o l
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arnetiah87
great song!!!!!!
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Maybe mr. Belafonte should go to other countries before he speaks bad of this country. Otherwise, his music is very good. As a kid I would listen to it.
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This is the song from beetle juice
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Beetlejuice lol......
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Was Harry African American? I thought he was Jamaican?
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dragonlady60 8 8
makes u wanna dance love HB
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togo38
you should listen to his song Tongue Tie Baby - very funny! http://www.a m a z o n . c o m / T o n g u e - T i e - B a b y / d p / B 0 0 J 2 3 I T Y K
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I cant listen to this without remembering batdog eats a hot man XD
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I love this song
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kristen_wetz e l
I danced to this
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You guys are my favorites oh yeah you make the quietest songs they always help me go to sleep
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Harry Belafonte, good music, horrible person. He obviously has some serious mental issues. I agree about the Posts about Beetle Juice it reminds me of that movie too. -Kevin-
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I agree about the posts about Beetle Juice too. That was great.
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Hoooo yes! How can you not move to this song.
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You can talk about Cha Cha
Tango, Waltz, or the Rumba
Senora's dance has no title
You jump in the saddle
Hold on to de bridle
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Beetle juice
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In one class he talked about civil rights
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This song was featured prominently at the end of Beetlejuice.
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@covet99 I agree I'm of Jamaican descent myself I don't necessarily say I'm African American either
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mcepgal
Blacks were brought to the Caribbean Island and Jamaica by slave traders. Just like the good 'ol USA
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I'm sorry, but you wrote that his parents are Caribbean and Jamaican. How does that make him African-Amer i c a n ? A bit insulting to his heritage, no?
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Work I senora!!!
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He's a gift to the world! Best music cuz it makes all of us feel young and joyful!

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Beetlejuice! ! !
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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING....An g e l s among us~✿~
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Belafonte's early folk music is wonderful. Anyone know how to find Kalenda Rock? I've tried the usual searches.
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suzette909
In class... I wan go home!
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