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Thread #138255   Message #3769514
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
31-Jan-16 - 12:15 AM
Thread Name: Songbook Indexing: Calypso/Caribbean Songbooks
Subject: RE: Songbook Indexing: Calypso/Caribbean Songbooks
The strangest aspect of "Manhattan Calypso" has to be Harry Belafonte's business agent Jay Richard Kennedy (born Samuel Richard Solomonick.) In addition to simultaneously managing HB's single biggest success and failure (album "Calypso" & stage musical "Sing, Man, Sing" respectively) Kennedy was at times an OSS-CPUSA-CIA-FBI operative; munitions manufacturer and successful Hollywood author-screenwriter [no joke.] His 'wife' (the former Janet Alterman) also an employee of the state was HB's therapist. It did not end well.

For a period after Kennedy hung around the fringes of the west coast's Black Panther Party until 1966 when he became Vice-President of Record and Music-Publishing at Sinatra Enterprises. In the 1970s, he followed his now ex-wife into psychotherapy and founded the Center for Human Problems Inc. in Tarzana, CA. It did not end well.

That's just the music publishing highlights. The rest is too far off topic. Some other thread perhaps.