1960 Returns to Carnegie Hall (Size: 687.80 MB) (Files: 163)
1960 Returns to Carnegie Hall
01 Jump Down Spin Around.mp3
03 A Little Lyric of Great Importance.mp3
06 I Do Adore Her.mp3
07 The Ballad of Sigmund Freud.mp3
08 I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain - Water Boy.mp3
09 A Hole in the Bucket.mp3
10 The Click Song.mp3
11 One More Dance.mp3
12 The Ox Drivers.mp3
13 The Red Rosy Bush.mp3
14 Didn't It Rain.mp3
15 Hene Ma Tov.mp3
16 I Know Where I'm Going.mp3
17 Old King Cole.mp3
18 La Bamba.mp3
1960 Returns to Carnegie Hall.sfv
01 I Never Will Marry.mp3
02 I'm Goin' Away.mp3
03 Green Grow The Lilacs.mp3
04 Turn Around.mp3
05 Walkin' On the Green Grass.mp3
06 One for my baby.mp3
07 Hallelujah I Love Her So.mp3
09 God Bless The Child.mp3
10 Mary Ann.mp3
12 Will his love be like his rum.mp3
13 Jump in line.mp3
14 Look over yonder.mp3
15 Bald Headed Woman.mp3
16 Grizzly Bear.mp3
17 Here Rattler Here.mp3
1961 Jump up calypso
01 Sweetheart From Venezuela.mp3
02 Go Down Emanuel Road.mp3
03 The Baby Boy.mp3
05 Land Of The Sea And Sun.mp3
06 Goin' Down Jordan.mp3
07 Jump In The Line.mp3
08 Kingston Market.mp3
10 These Are The Times.mp3
11 Bally Mena.mp3
1961 Jump up calypso.sfv
1962 The midnight special
01 The Midnight Special.mp3
02 Crawdad Song.mp3
03 Menphis Tennessee.mp3
04 Gotta Travel On.mp3
05 Did I Hear About Jerry.mp3
06 On Top Of Old Smokey.mp3
08 Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad.mp3
09 Michael Row The Boat Ashore.mp3
1962 The midnight special.sfv
1965 An evening with Makeba
01 Train song.mp3
02 In the Land of Zulus.mp3
03 Hush, Hush.mp3
04 To those we love.mp3
05 Give us our Land.mp3
06 Beware, Verwoerd!.mp3
07 Gone are my children.mp3
08 Hurry, mama, hurry!.mp3
09 My Angel.mp3
12 Show me the way, my Brother.mp3
1965 An evening with Makeba.sfv
01 Betty An' Dupree.mp3
02 Zombie jamboree.mp3
03 Try To Remember.mp3
04 Dark as a dungeon.mp3
05 Sit Down.mp3
06 Waltzing Matilda.mp3
07 My Old Paint.mp3
08 Mangwene Mpulele.mp3
09 This land is your land.mp3
10 The wicked race.mp3
11 Come Away Melinda.mp3
12 Four Strong Winds.mp3
13 Roll on Buddy.mp3
15 False Love (Waly Early).mp3
16 The First time ever I saw your face.mp3
17 Hold On To Me Babe.mp3
1968 Sings of love
01 By the time I get to Phoenix.mp3
02 Annie - love.mp3
03 Sleep late, my lady friend.mp3
04 Once in a lifetime.mp3
05 You time-1.mp3
06 In the beginning.mp3
07 Manha de Carnival.mp3
08 When spring comes around.mp3
09 In the name of love.mp3
10 The first day of forever.mp3
11 Each day.mp3
1968 Sings of love.sfv
1973 Play me
01 - Play me.mp3
02 - And I love you so.mp3
03 - Mr Wiffen.mp3
04 - If only it were yesterday.mp3
05 - So close.mp3
06 - Empty chairs.mp3
07 - Morning side.mp3
08 - My old man.mp3
09 - One step.mp3
10 - Long long time.mp3
1973 Play me.sfv
1977 Loving you is where I belong
01 Something to hold on.mp3
02 Mary makes magic.mp3
03 The rose.mp3
04 I told you.mp3
05 Streets of London.mp3
06 Loving you is where I belong.mp3
07 Forever young.mp3
08 I don't need her.mp3
09 Did you know.mp3
10 Genuine imitation life.mp3
1977 Loving you is where I belong.sfv
1988 Paradise in Gazankulu
01 We Are The Wave.mp3
02 Paradise in Gazankulu.mp3
03 Skin To Skin (with Jennifer Warnes).mp3
06 Monday to Monday.mp3
07 Global Carnival.mp3
10 Move It.mp3
1988 Paradise in Gazankulu.sfv
01 'Round the bay of Mexico.mp3
03 Mr Bojangles.mp3
04 Abraham Martin and John.mp3
05 Scarborough fair (Canticle).mp3
06 Don't stop the Carnival.mp3
07 Out the fire.mp3
09 Turn The World Around.mp3
10 Something To Hold On To.mp3
12 Glory Manger.mp3
14 Rock Island Line.mp3
15 My angel.mp3
16 My God is a rock.mp3
17 Steal Away.MP3
18 All My Life's a Circle (Pete Seeger).mp3
19 Rising Sun.mp3
20 Parents Are People ( Marlo Thomas).mp3
21 Beauty And The Beast (Nana Mouskouri).mp3
22 Those three were on my mind.mp3
23 We make love.mp3
24 Wedding song.mp3
25 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Willie Nelson).mp3
26 Skin to skin (live version).mp3
27 Try to remember (live).mp3
28 The Banana Song (Muppets).mp3
Harold George Belafonte, Jr. was born in Harlem, New York, the son of Melvine (née Love), a domestic worker, and Harold George Belafonte, Sr., a chef and native of the island Martinique. From 1935 to 1939, he lived with his grandmother in the village of Aboukir in her native country of Jamaica. When he returned to New York he attended George Washington High School after which he joined the Navy and served during World War II. At the end of the 1940s, he took classes in acting alongside Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau, and Sidney Poitier, while performing with the American Negro Theatre. He subsequently received a Tony Award for his participation in the Broadway revue John Murray Anderson's Almanac.
 Music career
Belafonte started his career in music as a club singer in New York, to pay for his acting classes. The first time he appeared in front of an audience he was backed by the Charlie Parker band, which included Charlie Parker himself, Max Roach, and Miles Davis among others. At first he was a pop singer, launching his recording career on the Jubilee label in 1949, but later he developed a keen interest in folk music, learning material through the Library of Congress' American folk songs archives. With guitarist and friend Millard Thomas, Belafonte soon made his debut at the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard.
In 1952 he received a contract with RCA Victor. His first full-release single was Matilda, recorded April 27, 1953, which went on to remain his 'signature' song throughout his career.  His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) became the first LP to sell over 1 million copies (Bing Crosby's White Christmas and Tennessee Ernie Ford's Sixteen Tons, both singles, had previously surpassed the 1 million mark). The album is number four on Billboard's "Top 100 Album" list for having spent 31 weeks at number 1, 58 weeks in the top ten, and 99 weeks on the U.S. charts. The album introduced American audiences to Calypso music and Belafonte was dubbed the "King of Calypso", a title he wore with some reservations. One of the songs included in the album is the now famous "Banana Boat Song," with its signature lyric "Day-O". While primarily known for his Calypso songs, Belafonte has recorded in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards.
Belafonte continued to record for RCA through the 1950s to the 1970s. Two live albums, both recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1959 and 1960, enjoyed critical and commercial success. He was one of many entertainers recruited by Frank Sinatra to perform at the Inaugural gala of President John F. Kennedy in 1961. That same year he released his second Calypso album, Jump Up Calypso, which went on to become another million seller.
During the 1960s he introduced a number of artists to American audiences, most notably African singer Miriam Makeba and Greek singer Nana Mouskouri. His album Midnight Special (1962) featured the first-ever recorded appearance by a then young harmonica player named Bob Dylan. As The Beatles and other stars from Britain began to dominate the U.S. pop charts, Belafonte's impact as a commercial force diminished; 1964's Belafonte At The Greek Theatre was his last album to appear in Billboard's Top 40.
Belafonte has received a Grammy Award for the albums Swing That Hammer (1960) and An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba (1965). The latter album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid. He has been awarded six Gold Records.
Belafonte's album output in the 1970s slowed after leaving RCA. He released only one album of original material in the 1980s, coinciding with a stronger focus on politics and activism. A soundtrack and video of a televised concert were released in 1997 by Island Records. The Long Road to Freedom, An Anthology of Black Music, a huge multi-artist project recorded during the 1960s and 1970s while he was still with RCA, was finally released by the label in 2001.
The "Turn the World Around" number on The Muppet Show.
The "Turn the World Around" number on The Muppet Show.
Belafonte was the first African-American man to win an Emmy, with his first solo TV special Tonight with Belafonte (1959). During the 1960s he appeared in a number of TV specials, alongside such artists as Julie Andrews, Petula Clark, Lena Horne, and Nana Mouskouri. He was also a guest star on a memorable episode of The Muppet Show in 1978, in which he sang his signature song "Day-O" on television for the very first time. However, the episode is best known for Belafonte singing the spiritual song, "Turn the World Around", that is performed with Muppets designed like African tribal masks. It has become one of the most famous performances in the series. It was reported to be Jim Henson's favorite episode, and Belafonte did a reprise of the song at Henson's funeral in 1990.
Harry Belafonte received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1989. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994 and he won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
Belafonte has been a major concert draw since his first world tour in 1956. He has continued to perform before audiences globally through the 1950s to the 2000s. He gave his last concert in 2003, and in a recent interview stated that he has since retired from performing.
 Film career
Poster for the film Odds Against Tomorrow.
Poster for the film Odds Against Tomorrow.
Harry Belafonte has starred in several films. His first major film role was in Bright Road (1953), in which he appeared alongside Dorothy Dandridge. The two subsequently starred in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954). Ironically Belafonte's lyrics in the film were dubbed by an opera singer, as Belafonte's own singing voice was seen as unsuitable for the role. Using his star clout, Belafonte was subsequently able to realize several then controversial film roles. In 1957's Island in the Sun there are hints of an affair between Belafonte's character and Joan Fontaine. In 1959 he starred in and produced Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow, in which he plays a bank robber, uncomfortably teamed with a racist partner (Robert Ryan). He also co-starred with Inger Stevens in The World, The Flesh and the Devil.
Belafonte was offered the role of Porgy in Otto Preminger's Porgy and Bess, but refused the role, because he objected to the racial stereotyping of African Americans in the story. Feeling dissatisfied with the film roles available to him, he abandoned film in favour of his music career during the 1960s.
In the early 1970s Belafonte briefly resurfaced in a number of films including two films in which he starred alongside Sidney Poitier, Buck and the Preacher (1972) and Uptown Saturday Night (1974).
In 1984, Belafonte produced and scored the musical film Beat Street, dealing with the rise of hip-hop culture.
Belafonte would not star in a major film again until the mid-1990s, when he appeared alongside John Travolta in the race-reverse drama White Man's Burden (1995) and in Robert Altman's jazz age drama Kansas City (1996). He also starred as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the TV drama Swing Vote (1999).
In late 2006, Belafonte appeared in the role of Nelson, a friend of an employee of the Ambassador Hotel played by Anthony Hopkins, in Bobby, Emilio Estevez's ensemble drama about the assassination of Robert Kennedy.
 Political and humanitarian activism
Belafonte's political beliefs are greatly inspired by the man that he still views to this day as his mentor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. Paul Robeson was in his time a controversial figure for strongly supporting the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War. He strongly opposed racial prejudice in the United States, and western colonialism in Africa.
Like Robeson and other African-American entertainers, Belafonte's success in the arts did not protect him from racial discrimination, particularly in the South of the United States. As a result, he refused to perform in the South of the U.S. from 1954 until 1961. In 1960, President John F. Kennedy named Belafonte as cultural advisor to the Peace Corps. Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and one of Martin Luther King's confidants. He provided for King's family, since King made only $8,000 a year as a preacher. Like many civil rights activists, he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He bailed King out of the Birmingham City Jail and raised thousands of dollars to release other imprisoned civil rights protesters. He financed the Freedom Rides, supported voter registration drives, and helped to organize the March on Washington in 1963.
Belafonte speaking at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C
Belafonte speaking at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C
In 1968, Belafonte appeared on a Petula Clark primetime television special on NBC. In the middle of a song, Clark smiled and briefly touched Belafonte's arm, which made the show's sponsor, Plymouth Motors, nervous. Plymouth wanted to cut out the segment, but Clark, who had ownership of the special, told NBC that the performance would be shown intact or she would not allow the special to be aired at all. American newspapers published articles reporting the controversy and, when the special aired, it grabbed high viewing figures. Clark's gesture marked the first time in which two people of different races made friendly bodily contact on U.S. television.
Belafonte appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and performed a controversial "Mardi Gras" number with footage intercut from the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. CBS censors deleted the entire segment from the program.
In 1985, he was one of the organizers behind the Grammy Award winning song "We Are the World," a multi-artist effort to raise funds for Africa, and performed in the Live Aid concert that same year.
In 1987, he received an appointment to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador. Following his appointment, Belafonte travelled to Dakar, Senegal, where he served as chairman of the International Symposium of Artists and Intellectuals for African Children. He also helped to raise funds, alongside more than 20 other artists, in the largest concert ever held in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1994 he went on a mission to Rwanda, and launched a media campaign to raise awareness of the needs of Rwandan children. In 2001 he went to South Africa to support the campaign against HIV/AIDS. In 2002, Africare awarded him the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award for his efforts to assist Africa. In 2004 Belafonte went to Kenya to stress the importance of educating children in the region.
Belafonte has been involved in prostate cancer advocacy since 1996, when he was diagnosed and successfully treated for the disease.
On June 27, 2006, Belafonte was the recipient of the BET Humanitarian Award at the 2006 BET Awards. He was named one of nine 2006 Impact Award recipients by AARP The Magazine.
Belafonte has been a longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy. He began making controversial political statements on this subject in the early 1980s. He has, at various times, made statements opposing the U.S. embargo on Cuba, praising Soviet peace initiatives, attacking the U.S. invasion of Grenada, praising the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, honoring Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and praising Fidel Castro.
Belafonte was involved in the anti-apartheid movement. He was the Master of Ceremonies at a reception honoring African National Congress President Oliver R. Tambo at Roosevelt House, Hunter College in New York City. The reception was held by the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) and The Africa Fund.  In December 2007 he endorsed John Edwards for the 2008 Presidential Election.
 Opposition to the Bush Administration
Belafonte achieved widespread attention for his political views in 2002 when he began making a series of comments about President George W. Bush, his administration and the Iraq War.
During an interview with Ted Leitner for San Diego's 760 KFMB, in October 2002, Belafonte referenced a quote made by Malcolm X. Belafonte said:
"There is an old saying, in the days of slavery. There were those slaves who lived on the plantation, and there were those slaves who lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master, do exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. That gave you privilege. Colin Powell is committed to come into the house of the master, as long as he would serve the master, according to the master's purpose. And when Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture. And you don't hear much from those who live in the pasture."
Belafonte used the quote to characterize both former and current United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, both African-Americans. Powell and Rice both responded, with Powell calling the remarks "unfortunate" and Rice saying "I don't need Harry Belafonte to tell me what it means to be black". The comment was brought back up in an interview with Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! in 2006.
In January 2006, Belafonte led a delegation of activists including actor Danny Glover and activist/professor Cornel West meeting with President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez. In 2005, Chávez, an outspoken Bush critic, initiated a program to provide cheaper heating fuel for poor people in several areas of the United States. Belafonte supported this initiative. During the meeting with Chávez, Belafonte was quoted as saying, "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people... support your revolution." Belafonte and Glover met again with Chavez in 2006.
The comment ignited a great deal of controversy. Hillary Clinton refused to acknowledge his presence at an awards ceremony that featured both of them. AARP, which had just named him one of their 10 Impact Award honorees 2006, released a statement following the remarks, saying, "AARP does not condone the manner and tone which he has chosen and finds his comments completely unacceptable".
On a Martin Luther King Day speech at Duke University in 2006, Belafonte compared the American government to the 9/11 hijackers, saying, "What is the difference between that terrorist and other terrorists?"
In response to criticism about his remarks, Belafonte asked, "What do you call Bush when the war he put us in to date has killed almost as many Americans as died on 9/11 and the number of Americans wounded in war is almost triple? [...] By most definitions Bush can be considered a terrorist." When he was asked about his expectation of criticism for his remarks on the war in Iraq, Belafonte responded: "Bring it on. Dissent is central to any democracy".
In another interview, Belafonte remarked that while his comments may have been "hasty", nevertheless he felt the Bush administration suffered from "arrogance wedded to ignorance," and its policies around the world were "morally bankrupt".
In January 2006, in a speech to the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference, Belafonte referred to "the new Gestapo of Homeland Security" saying "You can be arrested and have no right to counsel!"
During the Martin Luther King Day speech at the Duke University in January 2006, Belafonte said that if he could choose his epitaph, it would be, "Harry Belafonte, Patriot".
Belafonte and Marguerite Byrd were married from 1948 to 1957. They have two daughters, Adrienne and Shari.
Adrienne Biesemeyer is a child/family Licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia. Adrienne has a BA in Art from West Virginia State College and a Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling from the West Virginia Graduate College. In 1997 with her daughter Rachel Blue, Adrienne founded the Anir Foundation and the Anir Experience. Anir focuses on humanitarian work in Southern Africa.
Shari Belafonte is a photographer, model, singer and actress. She is married to Sam Behrens.
On March 8, 1957 Belafonte married Julie Robinson (former dancer with the Katherine Dunham Company). They have two children, David and Gina Belafonte.
David is executive director of the family-held company Belafonte Enterprises Inc. He married Malene in 2000 and their daughter Sarafina was born in 2003.
Gina is a TV and film actress.
Belafonte's grandchildren include Adrienne's son, Brian,and daughter, Rachel, and David's daughter, Sarafina (b. 2003).