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Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr. on March 1, 1927) is an American actor and award-winning singer.

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Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr. on March 1, 1927) 1927 in New York City, New York) is an American actor and award-winning singer.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; his 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while its 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; his 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album title to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while its 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.


Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while its 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; his 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while its 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.


Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while its 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while its 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.


Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.; March 1, 1927) is an American actor and award-winning singer.

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Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.; on March 1, 1927) is an American actor and award-winning singer.


Harry Belafonte, born as Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American actor and award-winning singer.

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Harry Belafonte, born as Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. (born Bellanfanti Jr.; March 1, 1927) is an American actor and award-winning singer.



Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while the 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while the its 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' not only hit #1 but stayed on the chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.


Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Records; his first album, ''Calypso'' (1956), was a worldwide commercial success, staying in the album charts for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Records; his Records, for whom he enjoyed worldwide commercial success; 1955 album ''Belafonte'' became the first album, album to reach the top spot on the newly-created ''Billboard'' album chart, while the 1956 follow-up ''Calypso'' (1956), was a worldwide commercial success, staying in not only hit #1 but stayed on the album charts chart for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.


Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor; his first album, ''Calypso'' (1956), was a worldwide commercial success, staying in the album charts for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor; Records; his first album, ''Calypso'' (1956), was a worldwide commercial success, staying in the album charts for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.


Belafonte began performing in nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered in The Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor, releasing his first album "Calypso" in 1956, which was a commercial success worldwide, staying in the album charts for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.

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Born in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Harlem]] and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} by his grandmother, Belafonte began performing in NYC nightclubs in order to pay for his acting classes with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Max Roach. He was discovered in The at the Village Vanguard and soon signed to RCA Victor, releasing Victor; his first album "Calypso" in 1956, which album, ''Calypso'' (1956), was a worldwide commercial success worldwide, success, staying in the album charts for over 30 weeks. His popularity made him a television personality and he appeared in films of many genres sporadically through the years. He retired from performing in 2007 but continues to be an ambassador for charities.


Often nicknamed "the King of Calypso" (he ''has'', however, sang in different genres), he appeared in many films during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, was on TV acting and/or presenting, and is a political rights activist, known for being vocal during the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement. His debut album was the first solo album to sell a million copies and his most famous song is "The Banana Boat Song" due to the lyric "Day-O". He has won three Grammy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy, and a Tony for his acting and music.

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Often nicknamed "the King of Calypso" (he ''has'', however, sang sung in different genres), he appeared in many films during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, was on TV acting and/or presenting, and is a political rights activist, known for being vocal during the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement. His debut album was the first solo album to sell a million copies and his most famous song is "The Banana Boat Song" due to the lyric "Day-O". He has won three Grammy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy, and a Tony for his acting and music.

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