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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, as he popularised the Trinbagonian Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist.

Belafonte is known for his recording of "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". He has recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He has also starred in several films, including Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), and Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).

Belafonte considered the actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson a mentor and was a close confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. As he later recalled, "Paul Robeson had been my first great formative influence; you might say he gave me my backbone. Martin King was the second; he nourished my soul." Throughout his career, Belafonte 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. He was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush presidential administrations. Belafonte acts as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.

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. In 2014, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy's 6th Annual Governors Awards.

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Discography

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1957The Versatile Mr. BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1993The Best OfHarry Belafonte1
2014Calypso plus Belafonte Sings of the CaribbeanHarry Belafonte1
Belafonte '89Harry Belafonte1
CalypsoHarry Belafonte1
CalypsoHarry Belafonte1
Hits OfHarry Belafonte1
Legendary Volume 3Harry Belafonte1
The MastersHarry Belafonte1

Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1992"Calypso" From JamaicaHarry Belafonte1

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1954“Mark Twain” and Other Folk FavoritesHarry Belafonte2
1956BelafonteHarry Belafonte3
1956CalypsoHarry Belafonte3.55
1957An Evening With BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1957Belafonte Sings of the CaribbeanHarry Belafonte2
1958Belafonte Sings the BluesHarry Belafonte3
1959Love Is a Gentle ThingHarry Belafonte2
1959Porgy and BessLena Horne / Harry Belafonte2
1960My Lord What a Mornin’Harry Belafonte3
1960Swing Dat HammerHarry Belafonte1
1961Jump Up CalypsoHarry Belafonte35
1962To Wish You a Merry ChristmasHarry Belafonte3
1962The Midnight SpecialHarry Belafonte4
1962The Many Moods of BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1963Streets I Have WalkedHarry Belafonte1
1964Ballads, Blues and BoastersHarry Belafonte2
1965An Evening With Belafonte / MouskouriHarry Belafonte, Nana Mouskouri3
1965An Evening With Belafonte/MakebaHarry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba2
1966Calypso in BrassHarry Belafonte1
1966In My Quiet RoomHarry Belafonte2
1967Belafonte on CampusHarry Belafonte1
1968Sings of LoveHarry Belafonte1
1969Homeward BoundHarry Belafonte1
1970Belafonte - By RequestHarry Belafonte1
1973Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1973Play MeHarry Belafonte1
1977Turn the World AroundHarry Belafonte32
1981Loving You Is Where I BelongHarry Belafonte2
1988Paradise in GazankuluHarry Belafonte1
1988Try to rememberHarry Belafonte1
1989Belafonte '89Harry Belafonte1
1989Jamaica FarewellHarry Belafonte2
1990Banana Boat SongHarry Belafonte1
1990Belafonte at Carnegie HallHarry Belafonte1
1990Greatest HitsHarry Belafonte1
1993StationenHarry Belafonte1
19952 Gether on 1: Jump Up Calypso / The Midnight SpecialHarry Belafonte1
1995Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1996Island in the SunHarry Belafonte1
1997Folk Songs From the World With Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba-OdettaHarry Belafonte1
1998Folk StandardsHarry Belafonte1
2001ChristmasHarry Belafonte2
2002An Evening With Belafonte/MakebaHarry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba1
2005Love SongsHarry Belafonte1
2008Classic Album CollectionHarry Belafonte1
2011Sing Your Song The MusicHarry Belafonte1
CucurucucuHarry Belafonte1
Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
Island in the SunHarry Belafonte1
The Great Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1970This Is Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1974Golden Records, Vol. 2Harry Belafonte1
1976The King of CalypsoHarry Belafonte1
1978All Time Greatest Hits, Volume 1Harry Belafonte4
1981King of CalypsoHarry Belafonte1
1984The Harry Belafonte Collection: 20 Golden GreatsHarry Belafonte1
1987Banana Boat & Other Famous Folk SongsHarry Belafonte2
1988All Time Greatest Hits, Volume 2Harry Belafonte2
1988Greatest HitsHarry Belafonte1
1988The CollectionHarry Belafonte1
1989All Time Hits, Volume 3Harry Belafonte1
1989Belafonte '89Harry Belafonte1
1989Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1990A Man and His MusicHarry Belafonte1
1991Island in the SunHarry Belafonte2
1991Island in the SunHarry Belafonte1
1991The ★ CollectionHarry Belafonte2
1992Day O & Other HitsHarry Belafonte1
1992A Legendary PerformerHarry Belafonte1
1992My Greatest SongsHarry Belafonte1
1992Pure GoldHarry Belafonte51
199324 x Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1993Golden Records, Volume 1Harry Belafonte1
1993Gold: 20 Super HitsHarry Belafonte1
1993GoldHarry Belafonte1
1993Simply the BestHarry Belafonte1
1993The Wonderful World Of Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1994Greatest HitsHarry Belafonte1
1995Calypso NightHarry Belafonte1
1995Enchanted MelodiesHarry Belafonte1
1995The Hit CollectionHarry Belafonte1
199624 Karat GoldHarry Belafonte1
1997Folk Songs From the WorldHarry Belafonte1
1998The Very Best of Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
1998The Very Best of Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1
2000Greatest HitsHarry Belafonte1
2000Greatest HitsHarry Belafonte1
2000Harry Belafonte Greatest HitsHarry Belafonte1
2000Matilda - BestHarry Belafonte1
2000The Best of Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte1

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