Harry Belafonte(1927-), Singer and actor
Sitter in 36 portraits
Grammy-award winner who popularised Caribbean Calypso music which introduced Jamaican folk music to the United States. Belafont's album 'Calypso' (1956) was the first LP by a solo artist to sell millions of copies. Besides Calypso, Belafonte is well known for 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., and is a goodwill ambassador for Unicef.