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December 29, 2020

15 Vintage Portraits of a Young Harry Belafonte in the 1950s

Harry Belafonte (born March 1, 1927) is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Trinidadian Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s.

His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Belafonte is known for his recording of “The Banana Boat Song”, with its signature lyric “Day-O”. He has recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He has also starred in several films, including Otto Preminger’s hit musical Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), and Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).

Take a look back at the “King of Calypso” during the ‘50s through 15 vintage portraits: 

1952. (John Swope)
1954. (Mondadori)
1956. (Michael Ochs)
1956. (Richard Miller)
1956. (Archive)
1957. (Harry Hammond)
1957. (Archive)
1957. (Pictorial Parade)
1957. (Yale Joel)
1958. (Mario de Biasi)
1958. (Robert W. Kelley)
1958. (NBC)
1958. (Silver Screen)
1958. (Allan Grant)
1959. (Martha Holmes)


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