One of the Most Successful Jamaican American Pop Stars in History Is 94

Roxana Anton

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Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. Harry Belafonte in 1969, NBC Television

We all know Harry Belafonte and listened to one of his famous songs at least once in a lifetime.

What best moment to remember those light, enjoyable songs, then summertime?

Belafonte is one of the most successful Jamaican American pop stars in history, he was called the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Trinidadian Caribbean musical style in the 1950s.

He was born and grew up in Jamaica, from Jamaican Scottish and Afro-Jamaican parents.

Falling in love with theatre and the performing arts, he studied in New York at The New School, alongside Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur, and Sidney Poitier.

His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. (source: Wikipedia)

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). (source: Wikipedia)

Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s and was a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for political and humanitarian causes.

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.

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Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole

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