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Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
17-Apr-16 - 06:54 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Subject: RE: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Belafonte on the Colgate Comedy Hour
Lord Tanamo - Iron Bar (mento)
The 1956 television performance was the first time a national audience saw Belafonte perform but he was already earning a six-figure salary on the American ballroom circuit. This was cross-marketed with rescheduled/remixed co-releases of his "Belafonte" & "Calypso" LPs for the big "calypso craze" break out that same year.
Note that Norman Luboff appears on both albums and was musical director for the Colgate Hour at the time. Bill Attaway was a writer for the show and also cowrote many of Belafonte's songs but, oddly for a author by trade, he failed to set up his own dedicated publishing entities as did Burgie and Belafonte (and Luboff.)