March 1, 1927 – Harry Belafonte

The “King of Calypso”, Harry Belafonte was born on this day. Belefonte will celebrate his 86th birthday this year. In a 2011 interview with the AV Club, Belafonte describes how he started in music:

“I didn’t come from a musical tradition. I didn’t come from the church. I didn’t come from gospel. I came from an environment. I didn’t come with a banjo across my back like Woody Guthrie or the rest. None of that. What I came with was a desire to be in the performing arts as an actor. This opportunity that knocked at my door was when I was asked to play a part in a play where singing was required.”

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