Personalities | Harry Belafonte | Fifties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1927)

Born in Harlem to Caribbean parents, the young Belafonte lived in Jamaica for five years. Multi-talented, he starred on stage and screen (in Carmen Jones, 1954), becoming a folk singer in 1955. He led a brief calypso craze with ‘Jamaica Farewell’, ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and the million-selling ‘Banana Boat (Day-O)’. The title song from 1957’s Island In The Sun, in which he starred, was his final hit single. However, he sold millions of LPs: Belafonte and Calypso (both 1956) topped the US chart. Regarded as a black elder statesman, he was behind 1985’s USA For Africa single, ‘We Are The World’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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