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Thread #61495 Message #3159870
Posted By: Don Firth
24-May-11 - 02:57 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Subject: RE: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
I saw Harry Belafonte in Denver in, if I recall correctly, 1956 in the Denver University football stadium. He filled the place and put on one helluva fine show.
He introduced a lot of people to folk music, albeit in a slick, well-rehearsed manner, who would probably not have become interested in folk music otherwise. I saw him several more times in concerts in Seattle where he introduced singers like Odetta, Greek singer Nana Mouskouri (with whom he did a recording)—and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
Had it not been for Belafonte, I—and many thousands of other people—would never have had a chance to see and hear these people live.
Our sour GUEST up-thread is probably long gone by now, but all I can say about their comments is, a) they don't know from Shinola, and b) ain't it a bitch when your hemorrhoids are acting up?