Harry Belafonte
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1927-03-01
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Harold George "Harry" Bellanfanti, Jr. (born March 1, 1927), better known as Harry Belafonte, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. One of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of ...

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Banana Boat Song
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Island In The Sun
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Matilda
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Matilda Matilda Matilda Matilda
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Scarlet Ribbons
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Mary's Boy Child (full version)
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Mary's Boy Child (full version) Mary's Boy Child (full version) Mary's Boy Child (full version) Mary's Boy Child (full version)
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Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
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Man Smart (Woman Smarter) Man Smart (Woman Smarter) Man Smart (Woman Smarter) Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
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Waly Waly
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Harry Belafonte & ODETTE
There's a Hole in My Bucket
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Biography

Harold George "Harry" Bellanfanti, Jr. (born March 1, 1927), better known as Harry Belafonte, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. One of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million selling album 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).

Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and '60s, and one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes, such as the anti-apartheid movement and USA for Africa. Since 1987 he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In recent years he has been a vocal critic of the policies of both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidential administrations. Harry Belafonte now acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.

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