On today 1927, Harry Belafonte, was born Harold George Jr. in Harlem, New York. He is a singer, songwriter, actor, philanthropist, and social activist. He was deemed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with international audiences in the 1950s. One of his most popular songs is “The Banana Boat Song.” He was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Center Honors and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994.
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