Harry Belafonte(1927-), Singer and actor
Sitter in 36 portraits
Grammy-award winner Harry Belafonte popularised the Caribbean Calypso musical style which introduced Jamaican folk music to the United States. His 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 also 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.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below