Harry Belafonte

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Also performs as: Harry Thomas (songwriting alias for Harry Belafonte)

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Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, social activist, and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Governors Awards honoree. 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), 1957's Island in the Sun, and Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).

Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, 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 administrations.

Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1956 Calypso Harry Belafonte 5
1957 An Evening With Belafonte Harry Belafonte 1
1958 Belafonte Sings the Blues Harry Belafonte 2
1959 Love Is a Gentle Thing Harry Belafonte 1
1959 Porgy and Bess Lena Horne / Harry Belafonte 1
1960 Swing Dat Hammer Harry Belafonte 1
1961 Jump Up Calypso Harry Belafonte 2
1962 The Midnight Special Harry Belafonte 3
1962 To Wish You a Merry Christmas Harry Belafonte 2
1963 Streets I Have Walked Harry Belafonte 1
1965 An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba 2
1966 Calypso in Brass Harry Belafonte 1
1967 Belafonte on Campus Harry Belafonte 1
1968 Sings of Love Harry Belafonte 1
1973 Play Me Harry Belafonte 1
1977 Turn the World Around Harry Belafonte 1
1981 Loving You Is Where I Belong Harry Belafonte 1
1988 Paradise in Gazankulu Harry Belafonte 1
1990 A Man and His Music Harry Belafonte 1
1990 Banana Boat Song Harry Belafonte 1
1992 Jamaica Farewell Harry Belafonte 1
1993 Stationen Harry Belafonte 1
1995 My Lord What a Mornin' Harry Belafonte 1
1995 Jump Up Calypso / The Midnight Special Harry Belafonte 1
1998 Folk Standards Harry Belafonte 1
2005 Love Songs Harry Belafonte 1
2011 Sing Your Song The Music Harry Belafonte 1
Belafonte '89 Harry Belafonte 1
Christmas Harry Belafonte 1
Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte 1
Island in the Sun Harry Belafonte 2
Sings of the Caribbean Harry Belafonte 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 24 x Harry Belafonte Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1978 All Time Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Compilation Harry Belafonte 3
1984 The Harry Belafonte Collection - 20 Golden Greats Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1987 All Time Hits, Volume 3 Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1989 Harry Belafonte Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1990 Banana Boat and Other Famous Folk Songs Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1992 A Legendary Performer Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1992 My Greatest Songs Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1992 Pure Gold Compilation Harry Belafonte 5 1
1993 Gold Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1993 Simply the Best Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1994 Greatest Hits Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1996 24 Karat Gold Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1997 Folk Songs From the World Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1998 The Very Best of Harry Belafonte Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
1998 The Very Best of Harry Belafonte Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
2000 Greatest Hits Compilation Harry Belafonte 1
2000 Harry Belafonte Greatest Hits Compilation Harry Belafonte 1

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