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Harry Belafonte

1927 - 2023

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Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.; March 1, 1927 – April 25, 2023) was an American singer, actor, and civil rights activist, who popularized calypso music with international audiences in the 1950s and 1960s. Belafonte's career breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist.Belafonte was best known for his recordings of "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", "Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)", "Jamaica Farewell", and "Mary's Boy Child". He recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harry Belafonte has received more than 10,649,453 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Harry Belafonte is the 117th most popular singer (down from 106th in 2019), the 764th most popular biography from United States (down from 672nd in 2019) and the 43rd most popular American Singer.

Harry Belafonte is most famous for being a singer, an actor, and a social activist.

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  • 5.22

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Among singers, Harry Belafonte ranks 117 out of 3,528Before him are Renata Tebaldi, Dolly Parton, Domenico Modugno, Marvin Gaye, Annie Lennox, and Carmen Miranda. After him are Bryan Adams, Maria Malibran, Eric Burdon, Sylvie Vartan, Peter Gabriel, and Tom Jones.

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Among people born in 1927, Harry Belafonte ranks 33Before him are Martin Lewis Perl, Don Shirley, Robert Ludlum, Hubert de Givenchy, Robert Hossein, and Manfred Eigen. After him are Emmanuelle Riva, Angelo Sodano, Mary Higgins Clark, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, K. Alex Müller, and Hugo Pratt. Among people deceased in 2023, Harry Belafonte ranks 27Before him are Paco Rabanne, Helmut Berger, Li Keqiang, Carlos Saura, Raquel Welch, and Ryan O'Neal. After him are Robert Solow, Alan Arkin, Robert Lucas Jr., Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Ferid Murad, and Jacques Delors.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harry Belafonte ranks 764 out of 18,182Before him are Matthew McConaughey (1969), Larry Ellison (1944), Michael Rockefeller (1938), Richard Dean Anderson (1950), Bill Russell (1934), and John Cassavetes (1929). After him are Willard Libby (1908), Anne Baxter (1923), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Kamala Harris (1964), James B. Sumner (1887), and Lana Turner (1921).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Harry Belafonte ranks 43Before him are Donna Summer (1948), Nancy Sinatra (1940), Bing Crosby (1903), Roy Orbison (1936), Dolly Parton (1946), and Marvin Gaye (1939). After him are Jon Bon Jovi (1962), Britney Spears (1981), John Lee Hooker (1917), Kris Kristofferson (1936), Little Richard (1932), and Al Jarreau (1940).

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