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One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso " for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte audience in the s. His breakthrough album Calypso is the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte has recorded and performed in many genres, including bluesfolkgospelshow tunesand American standards.
Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the Anti-Apartheid Movement and USA for Africa. 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. Inhe received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in Belafonte was born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.
His father also was born in Jamaica, the child of a black mother and Dutch Jewish father of Sephardi origins. Belafonte has described his grandfather, whom he never met, as "a white Dutch Jew who Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte over to the islands after chasing gold and diamonds, with no luck at all". He fell in love with the art form and also met Sidney Poitier. The financially struggling pair regularly Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte a single seat to local plays, trading places in between acts, after informing the other about the progression of the play.
Belafonte started his career in music as a club singer in New York to pay for his acting classes. The first time he appeared in front of an audience, he was backed by the Charlie Parker band, which included Charlie Parker himself, Max Roach and Miles Davisamong others.
At first, he was a pop singer, launching his recording career on the Roost label inbut later he developed a keen interest in folk musiclearning material through the Library of Congress ' American folk songs archives.
With guitarist and friend Millard Thomas, Belafonte soon made his debut at the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard. Inhe signed a contract with RCA Victorrecording regularly for the label until Harry Belafonte also had his day during the rat pack era in Las Vegas.
Belafonte's first widely released singlewhich went on to become his "signature" song with audience participation in virtually all his live performances, was " Matilda ", Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte April 27, His breakthrough album Calypso became the first LP in the world "to sell over 1 million copies within a year", Belafonte said on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Link program on August 7, He added that it was also the first million-selling album ever in England.
The album is number four on Billboard ' s "Top Album" list for having spent 31 weeks at number 1, 58 weeks in the top ten, and 99 weeks on the U. The album introduced American audiences to calypso music which had originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 20th centuryand Belafonte was dubbed the "King of Calypso", a title he wore with reservations since he had no claims to any Calypso Monarch titles.
One of the songs included in the album is the now famous " Banana Boat Song " listed as "Day O" on the original releasewhich reached number five on the pop charts, and featured its signature lyric "Day-O".
While primarily known for calypso, Belafonte has recorded in many different genres, including bluesfolkgospelshow tunesand American standards. His second-most popular hit, which came immediately after "The Banana Boat Song", was the comedic tune " Mama Look at Bubu ", also known as "Mama Look a Boo-Boo" originally recorded by Lord Melody in in which he sings humorously about misbehaving and disrespectful children.
It reached number eleven on the pop chart. Inhe starred in Tonight With Belafontea nationally televised special that featured Odettawho sang " Water Boy " and who performed a duet with Belafonte of " There's a Hole in My Bucket " that hit the national charts in From his album, " Hava Nagila " became part of his regular routine and one of his signature songs. Kennedy in That same year he released his second calypso album, Jump Up Calypsowhich went on to become another million seller.
His album Midnight Special included a young harmonica player named Bob Dylan. As The Beatles and other stars from Britain began to dominate the U.
His last hit single, "A Strange Song", was released in and peaked at number 5 on the adult contemporary music charts. The latter album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid.
He earned six Gold Records. Among his interview guests were Martin Luther King Jr. Robert F. Belafonte's recording activity slowed after he left RCA in Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte mids.
From the mids to early s, Belafonte spent the greater part of his time on tour, which included concerts in Japan, Europe, and Cuba. InColumbia Records released the album Turn the World Aroundwith a strong focus on world music.
Columbia never issued the album in the United States. He subsequently was a guest star on a memorable episode of The Muppet Show inin which he performed his signature song "Day-O". However, the episode is best known for Belafonte's rendition of the spiritual song "Turn the World Around", from the album of the same name, which he performed with specially made Muppets that resembled African tribal masks.
It became one of the series' most famous performances and was reportedly Jim Henson 's favorite episode. After Henson's death in May24.
Premières Nations - Dahmer - 9 Trax 7 96 was asked to perform the song at Henson's memorial service. His involvement in USA for Africa during the mids resulted in renewed interest in his music, culminating in a Vettainachtain - Wöljager - Vant Liëwen Un Stiäwen deal with EMI.
He subsequently released his first album of original material in over a decade, Paradise in Gazankuluin The album contains ten protest songs against the South African former Apartheid policy and is his last studio album. A Kodak video crew filmed the concert, which was released as a minute concert video titled "Global Carnival". It features many of the songs from the album Paradise in Gazankulu and some of his classic hits. Following a lengthy recording hiatus, An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friendsa soundtrack and video of a televised concert, were released in by Island Records.
Belafonte went on the Today Show to promote the album on September 11,and was interviewed by Katie Couric just minutes before the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Belafonte received the Kennedy Center Honors in He performed sold-out concerts globally through the s to the s. Owing to illness, he was forced to cancel a reunion tour with Nana Mouskouri planned for the spring and summer of following a tour in Europe.
His last concert was a benefit concert for the Atlanta Opera on October 25, In a interview, he stated that he had since retired from performing. Belafonte used his career and experiences with Dr. King to speak Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte the role of artists as activists. Belafonte was inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity on January 11, InBelafonte released When Racconta Lo Scienziato - Margot - Sul Cammino DellIneguaglianza Come Togetheran anthology of some of Belafonte's earlier recordings produced by his son David who wrote lyrics for an updated version of Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte In The Sun", arranged by longtime Belafonte musical director Richard Cummings, and featuring Harry Belafonte's grandchildren Sarafina and Amadeus and a children's choir.
Belafonte has starred in several films. His first film role was in Bright Roadin which The Very Same Thing - staplerfahrer - Ill Never Be A RockNRoll Saint appeared alongside Dorothy Dandridge. The two subsequently starred in Otto Preminger 's hit musical Carmen Jones Ironically, Belafonte's singing in the film was dubbed by an opera singer, as Belafonte's own singing voice was seen as unsuitable for the role.
Using his star clout, Belafonte was subsequently able to realize several then-controversial film roles. In 's Island in the Sunthere are hints of an affair between Belafonte's character and the character played by Joan Fontaine.
Inhe starred in and produced Robert Wise 's Odds Against Tomorrowin which he plays a bank robber uncomfortably teamed with a racist partner Robert Ryan. Belafonte was offered the role of Porgy in Preminger's Porgy and Besswhere he would have once Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte starred opposite Dandridge, but he refused the role because he objected to its racial stereotyping.
Dissatisfied with most of the film roles offered to him, he concentrated on music during the s. In the early s, Belafonte appeared in more films, among which are two with Poitier: Buck and the Preacher and Uptown Saturday Night InBelafonte produced and scored the musical film Beat Streetdealing with the rise of hip-hop culture. Together with Arthur Bakerhe produced Fourteen Carat Mind - Gene Watson - Fourteen Carat Mind gold-certified soundtrack of the same name.
Belafonte and Marguerite Byrd were married from to They have two daughters: Adrienne and Shari. Belafonte had an affair with actress Joan Collins during the filming of Island in the Sun.
David, the only son of Harry Belafonte, is a former model and actor and is an Emmy -winning and Grammy nominated music producer and the executive director of the family-held company Belafonte Enterprises Zellberg Landler-Mix - Zellberg Buam - Berge, Die Mein Leben Erzählen. As a music producer, David has been involved in most of Belafonte's albums and tours and productions.
He is married to model and singer Malena Belafonte who toured with Belafonte. Gina Belafonte is a TV and film actress and worked with her father as coach and producer Джэлэм, Джэлэм - Роза Джелакаева И Петр Деметр - Песни Цыган Разных Стран more than six films. Gina helped found The Gathering For Justice, an intergenerational, intercultural non-profit organization working to reintroduce nonviolence to stop child incarceration.
After 47 years of marriage,  Belafonte and Robinson divorced. In AprilBelafonte married photographer Pamela Frank. Belafonte has five grandchildren, Rachel and Brian through his children with Marguerite Byrd, and Maria, Sarafina, and Amadeus through his children with Julie Robinson.
Belafonte's political beliefs were greatly inspired by the singer, actor and Communist activist Paul Robesonwho mentored him. Robeson opposed not only racial prejudice in the United States but also western colonialism in Africa. Belafonte's success did not protect him from criticism of his communist sympathies or from racial discrimination, particularly in the American South.
He refused to perform there from until Inhe appeared in a campaign commercial for Democratic Presidential candidate John F. The Sundance Film Festival featured the documentary film Sing Your Songa biographical film focusing Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte Belafonte's contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and his endeavours to promote social justice globally.
Like many other civil rights activists, Belafonte was blacklisted during Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte McCarthy era. He financed the Freedom Rides Liberation - Tom Scott - Great Scott!, supported voter registration drivesand helped to organize the March on Washington. Johnny 5 - Captain Capa - Foxes the middle of a duet of On the Path of GloryClark smiled and briefly touched Belafonte's arm,  which prompted complaints from Doyle Lott, the advertising manager of the show's sponsor, Plymouth Motors.
Newspapers reported the controversy,   Lott was relieved of his responsibilities,  and when the special aired, it attracted high ratings. Belafonte appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on September 29,performing a controversial " Mardi Gras " number intercut with Harry Belafonte - Harry Belafonte from the Democratic National Convention riots.
CBS censors deleted the segment.
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