Harry Belafonte(1927-), Singer and actor
Sitter in 36 portraits
Grammy-award winning American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. Belafonte has released 30 studio albums and eight live albums, he is one of the most successful African-American singers in history. Although he popularized the Caribbean musical style and became known as the ‘King of Calypso’, he recorded other musical genres including blues, folk and gospel. His album ‘Calypso’ (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a solo artist. He starred in several films including the hit musical ‘Carmen Jones’ (1954). Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and was a confidante of Martin Luther King, Jnr.
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