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Calypso

Harry Belafonte

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This is the album that made Harry Belafonte's career. Up to this point, calypso had only been a part of Belafonte's focus in his recordings of folk music styles. But with this landmark album, calypso not only became tattooed to Belafonte permanently; it had a revolutionary effect on folk music in the 1950s and '60s. The album consists of songs from Trinidad, mostly written by West Indian songwriter Irving Burgie (aka Lord Burgess). Burgie's two most successful songs are included -- "Day O" and "Jamaica Farewell" (which were both hit singles for Belafonte) -- as are the evocative ballads "I Do Adore Her" and "Come Back Liza" and what could be the first feminist folk song, "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)." Calypso became the first million-selling album by a single artist, spending an incredible 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard album charts, remaining on the charts for 99 weeks. It triggered a veritable tidal wave of imitators, parodists, and artists wishing to capitalize on its success. Years later, it remains a record of inestimable influence, inspiring many folksingers and groups to perform, most notably the Kingston Trio, which was named for the Jamaican capital. For a decade, just about every folksinger and folk group featured in their repertoire at least one song that was of West Indian origin or one that had a calypso beat. They all can be attributed to this one remarkable album. Despite the success of Calypso, Belafonte refused to be typecast. Resisting the impulse to record an immediate follow-up album, Belafonte instead spaced his calypso albums apart, releasing them at five-year intervals in 1961, 1966, and 1971.
© Cary Ginell /TiVo

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1
Banana Boat (Day-O) (Digitally Remastered 1992)
00:03:09

Herman Diaz, Jr., Producer - Tony Scott, Performer - William Attaway, Composer - William Attaway, Lyricist - Millard Thomas, Guitar - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Harry Belafonte, Composer - Harry Belafonte, Lyricist - Chick Crumpacker, Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
I Do Adore Her
00:02:51

Tony Scott, Performer - Ed Welker, Producer - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist

(P) 1992 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Jamaica Farewell (1992 (February) Digitally Mastered)
00:03:05

Burgess, Composer - Burgess, Lyricist - Millard Thomas, Guitar - Tony Scott Orchestra & Chorus, Performer - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist - E.O. Welker, Producer

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Will His Love Be Like His Rum?
00:02:35

William Attaway, Composer - William Attaway, Lyricist - Joe Reisman, Producer - Millard Thomas, Guitar - Tony Scott And His Orchestra, Performer - Harry Belafonte, Composer - Harry Belafonte, Lyricist - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Dolly Dawn
00:03:16

Tony Scott, Performer - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist - E.O. Welker, Producer

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Star-O
00:02:07

Herman Diaz, Jr., Producer - Tony Scott, Performer - William Attaway, Composer - William Attaway, Lyricist - Millard Thomas, Guitar - Harry Belafonte, Vocal - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
The Jack-Ass Song
00:02:55

Herman Diaz, Jr., Producer - Tony Scott, Performer - William Attaway, Composer - William Attaway, Lyricist - Millard Thomas, Guitar - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist

(P) 1992 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Hosanna
00:02:40

Tony Scott, Performer - William Attaway, Composer - William Attaway, Lyricist - Joe Reisman, Producer - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist

(P) 1992 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Come Back Liza
00:03:08

Tony Scott, Performer - William Attaway, Composer - William Attaway, Lyricist - Ed Welker, Producer - Millard Thomas, Guitar - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Irving Burgie, Composer - Irving Burgie, Lyricist

(P) 1992 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Brown Skin Girl
00:02:47

Tony Scott, Performer - Harry Belafonte, Performer - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Norman Span, Composer - Norman Span, Lyricist - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - E.O. Welker, Producer

(P) 1992 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
00:03:33

Tony Scott And His Orchestra, Performer - Henri René, Producer - N. Span, Composer - N. Span, Lyricist - Harry Belafonte, Vocal - Chick Crumpacker, Re-Issue Producer - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer

(P) 1992 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

This is the album that made Harry Belafonte's career. Up to this point, calypso had only been a part of Belafonte's focus in his recordings of folk music styles. But with this landmark album, calypso not only became tattooed to Belafonte permanently; it had a revolutionary effect on folk music in the 1950s and '60s. The album consists of songs from Trinidad, mostly written by West Indian songwriter Irving Burgie (aka Lord Burgess). Burgie's two most successful songs are included -- "Day O" and "Jamaica Farewell" (which were both hit singles for Belafonte) -- as are the evocative ballads "I Do Adore Her" and "Come Back Liza" and what could be the first feminist folk song, "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)." Calypso became the first million-selling album by a single artist, spending an incredible 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard album charts, remaining on the charts for 99 weeks. It triggered a veritable tidal wave of imitators, parodists, and artists wishing to capitalize on its success. Years later, it remains a record of inestimable influence, inspiring many folksingers and groups to perform, most notably the Kingston Trio, which was named for the Jamaican capital. For a decade, just about every folksinger and folk group featured in their repertoire at least one song that was of West Indian origin or one that had a calypso beat. They all can be attributed to this one remarkable album. Despite the success of Calypso, Belafonte refused to be typecast. Resisting the impulse to record an immediate follow-up album, Belafonte instead spaced his calypso albums apart, releasing them at five-year intervals in 1961, 1966, and 1971.
© Cary Ginell /TiVo

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