Harry Belafonte (Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr.) was born in Harlem, New York.
Singer Harry Belafonte is known as the King of Calypso. He popularized the calypso genre and famously sang "The Banana Boat Song."
He joined the Navy during World War II. After he was discharged, he worked as a janitor in New York City. His boss gave him tickets to the American Negro Theatre, which got him interested in performing.