Harry Belafonte(1927-), Singer and actor
Sitter in 36 portraits
Grammy-award winner Belafonte popularised the Caribbean Calypso musical style which introduced Jamaican folk music to the United States and made it popular. His album ‘Calypso’ (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a solo artist. He is well known for many other musical genres including blues, folk and gospel and has released thirty studio albums and eight live albums, making him one of the most successful African-American singers in history. He has starred in several films including the hit musical ‘Carmen Jones’ (1954). A supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, he was a friend and confidante of Martin Luther King, Jnr. He is a goodwill ambassador for Unicef.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below