Harry Belafonte
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1927-03-01
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Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte Biography (Wikipedia)

Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.; March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-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).

Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s confidants. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for political and 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 the George W. Bush presidential administrations. Harry Belafonte now acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.

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Jump In The Line
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Jump In The Line
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Banana Boat Song
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Banana Boat Song
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Jamaica Farewell
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Jamaica Farewell
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Come Back Liza
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Come Back Liza
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Island In The Sun
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Island In The Sun
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Danny boy
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Danny boy
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Banana Boat (Day-O)
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Banana Boat (Day-O)
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Scarlet Ribbons
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Scarlet Ribbons
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Mary's Boy Child
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Mary's Boy Child
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Scarlet Ribbons For Her Hair
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Scarlet Ribbons For Her Hair
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The Twelve Days Of Christmas
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The Twelve Days Of Christmas
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I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
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I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
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Mary's Boy Child (full version)
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Mary's Boy Child (full version)
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