HARRY BELAFONTE, CALYPSO STAR AND CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPION, DIES AT 96

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Legendary singer, activist, and actor Harry Belafonte has died of congestive heart failure, The New York Times reports. He was 96 years old.

Belafonte grew up in New York as the son of Caribbean immigrants.

Although he recorded many different genres of music, he became known as the “King of Calypso” thanks to his Caribbean hits “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” and “Jump in the Line” in the 1950s.

His 1956 album Calypso also became the first LP to achieve one million sales.

In addition to recording numerous studio albums, he was accomplished on the stage, screen and as a civil rights activist who counted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. among his friends.