10-20-2013, 10:42 AM
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On this date in 1955, Harry Belafonte, a classy guy all around, recorded Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), one of my favorite songs in childhood.

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 10-20-2013, 11:44 AM
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That's a nice bit of trivia there, John. My parents loved his music, and I grew up listening to it. I still have his 'Greatest Hits'. Good stuff!

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 10-20-2013, 01:07 PM
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He had a very nice voice! Smile

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 10-20-2013, 04:32 PM
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Great trivia and great song, thanks John!




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 10-20-2013, 07:15 PM
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The song brings back a lot of happy memories of carefree childhood. I grew up in a neighborhood of families with lots of kids of similar ages, and we did everything together, including publishing a monthly newsletter (that outlined everyone's latest vacation details, new car or furniture, athletic awards, and illnesses and doctor visits) and putting on a talent show every 3 months or so. My nextdoor neighbor friend was named Ronnie, and so he and I formed a singing duo called Ronson and Johnson, and - in 1950s politically incorrect blackface, sleeveless shirts, and Mexican straw hats - we sang calypso songs in the shows, including Day-O. He played ukulele and I played bongo drums.

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