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Harry Belafonte & Nat King Cole "Mama look a boo-boo"

Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (originally Belafonete; born March 1, 1927) is an American musician, singer, actor, and social activist.

I wonder why nobody don't like me Or is it the fact that I'm ugly? I wonder why nobody don't like me Or is it the fact that I'm ugly? I leave my whole house ...

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Comment by Mrs. P on June 12, 2013 at 8:07pm

Ahhh, another great memory.  We never missed the Nat "King" Cole shows and our family did see this one.  Thanks for sharing this great moment in TV history with Harry and Nat together.

That being said, I can't help but comment about what a shame that TV execs could only give Nat Cole, the very talent vocalist and musician, ONLY 15 minutes a night for his show. 

Comment by Winston Dayal ( alias Gons) on June 12, 2013 at 12:50pm
This is a classic , Those were the days
Comment by Sandra on October 31, 2011 at 2:33pm
True Mr. Joseph…sadly the kaiso artists then (and with a few exceptions,now) weren't/aren't ready for prime time. The golden age of kaiso went a-begging and it will be a miracle if it ever comes around again.
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on October 29, 2011 at 6:13pm

I always felt that Belafonte's contributions to Caribbean  culture were under-appreciated in T&T.

Many chose to resent his success, especially when he was given the title of "Calypso king of the World" by the international media.

Belafonte always made it clear that he didn't deserve or desire that title.

I think that Belafonte put calypso music on the world stage, and brought an awareness to the art form that wasn't there before, even though some singers like Kitchener had gained some international attention.

He opened doors for calypso and calypsonians that unfortunately  weren't fully taken advantage of at the time.

Most of the artists of the day weren't quite ready for prime time.

Too bad!

Comment by Mrs. P on October 29, 2011 at 2:40pm

I actually saw this broadcast...  love the song.  We used to tease family members with this song.

My daddy can't be ugly so...  hahahah  Good memories.

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