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Belafonte at Carnegie Hall


Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

Belafonte at Carnegie Hall
Harry Belafonte
Released October 1959
Recorded April 19 and 20, 1959 at Carnegie Hall
Length 71:24
Label RCA Victor
Producer Bob Bollard
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Belafonte at Carnegie Hall is a live double album by Harry Belafonte. It is the first of two Belafonte Carnegie Hall albums, and was recorded on April 19 and April 20, 1959. The stereo version of the album was released on the RCA Victor label, in the "Living Stereo" series. The concerts were benefits for The New Lincoln School and Wiltwyck School, respectively.

The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1961 Grammy Awards.

CD track listing

  1. "Introduction/Darlin'" – 3:59
  2. "Sylvie" – 4:54
  3. "Cotton Fields" – 4:18
  4. "John Henry" – 5:11
  5. "The Marching Saints" – 2:50
  6. "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" – 3:40
  7. "Jamaica Farewell" – 5:10
  8. "Mama Look a Boo Boo" – 5:24
  9. "Come Back Liza" – 3:06
  10. "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)" – 4:23
  11. "Hava Nagila" (Traditional) – 4:03
  12. "Danny Boy" – 5:21
  13. "Cucurrucucu Paloma" – 3:50
  14. "Shenandoah" – 3:48
  15. "Matilda" – 11:27

Original LP track listing


Side one

  1. "Introduction/Darlin' Cora"
  2. "Sylvie"
  3. "Cotton Fields"
  4. "John Henry"
  5. "Take My Mother Home"

Side two

  1. "The Marching Saints"


  1. "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)"
  2. "Jamaica Farewell"
  3. "Man Piaba"
  4. "All My Trials"

Side three

  1. "Mama Look a Boo Boo"
  2. "Come Back Liza"
  3. "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)"


  1. "Hava Nagila"
  2. "Danny Boy"
  3. "Merci Bon Dieu"

Side four

  1. "Cucurrucucu Paloma"
  2. "Shenandoah"
  3. "Matilda"

As of April 2008, the tracks in bold are only available on releases in Germany and Japan.



  • Harry Belafonte – vocals
  • Millard Thomas – guitar
  • Raphael Boguslav – guitar
  • Danny Barrajanos – bongos, conga
  • Norman Keenan – bass


  • Bob Bollard – producer, liner notes
  • Orchestra Conducted by Robert Corman
  • Bob Simpson – engineer
  • Lee Friedlander – cover photo
  • John Gundelfinger – interior illustration[1]




  • Belafonte at Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert, RCA Victor LOC-6006 (1959)

External links

  • Belafonte At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert
  • Belafonte Tracks discography site.

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