Persons in alphabetical order by last name B

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Mamadou Ba

 
From Guinea. Bass on the album "An Evening With Belafonte And Friends"
Also on Belafonte's  European 2003 tour.

Alice Babs
(26 Jan 1924 - )

Popular Swedish singer who recorded "Banana Boat Song" with Swedish lyrics back in 1957. Performed "Brown Baby" on the Belafonte album BEL-1. Has also recorded a version of "Mama Look A Boo Boo" in German.

Bruce Baggett

Member of the group called "The Vocal Three" in 1960. The other two were Sherman Sneed and Billy Stewart.

Dick Bailey

 
Member of The Wayfarers 1963-1966

Mack Bailey

Member of The Limeliters 2004-

Pearl Bailey
(29 March 1918 - 17 Aug 1990)

Performs on the movie "Carmen Jones"

Stewart Bair

 
Member of The Norman Luboff Choir 1955, performs on Harry Belafonte's recording of "Sylvie #2"

Earl Baker

 
Member of The Belafonte Folk Singers in 1967. Also on "The Long Road To Freedom".

Israel Baker

 
Violin on  Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma #1", "The Drummer And The Cook #2", "Eden Was Just Like This", "Hava Nageela #1", "Jamaica Farewell", "Mary's Boy Child", "Merci Bon Dieu", "Once Was", "When The Saints Go Marching In"

Edward Barefield

 
Saxophone on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Hava Nageela #2", "When The Saints Go Marching In"

Marshall Barer
(19 Feb 1923 - 25 Aug 1998)

 
Composer of: "I'm Just A Country Boy"

Danny Barker
(13 Jan 1909 - 13 March 1994)

Plays banjo on the album "The Long Road To Freedom"

Irving D. Barnes

 
Performs on the album "The Long Road To Freedom". Vocal chorus on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Angelique-O", "Cocoanut Woman", "Cordelia Brown", "Don't Ever Love Me", "Haiti Cherie", "Island in the Sun", "Mama Look A Bo Bo", "Scratch, Scratch",

H. Barnett

 
Violin on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Hava Nageela #2", "When The Saints Go Marching In"

Daniel Barrajanos
(1929-)

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Percussion. Appears on Harry Belafonte's recordings: "Angelique-O", "Cocoanut Woman", "Cordelia Brown", "Don't Ever Love Me", "Fifteen", "Haiti Cherie", "Hava Nageela #2", "I'm Going Away", "Island in the Sun", "Judy Drownded", "Lead Man Holler", "The Lord is My Shepherd", "Love Love Alone", "Lucy's Door", "Mama Look A Bo Bo", "Scratch, Scratch", "When The Saints Go Marching In" and on "Belafonte At Carnegie Hall" LSO6006, where he sings a little solo in "Matilda". Also on LSP2449 and LSP2574 and with Miriam Makeba on KL1274.

Phyllis Bash

 
Member of The Vocal V in 1961.

Sid Bass
(22 Jan 1913 - 19 June 1993)

 
Arranger and conductor of Miriam Makeba's LSP3512.

Kenneth Bates

 
Vocals. Member of The Belafonte Folk Singers in 1967. Appears on the 1979 European Tour.

John Beal

 
Acoustic bass on Harry Belafonte's album CB85254.

Johan Beckles

 
Vocals on Harry Belafonte's album recorded in Germany 1988

Ed Begley
(25 March 1901 - 28 Apr 1970)

 
Performs in the movie "Odds Against Tomorrow",

Gerry O'Beirne

Member of Gregorian

Adrienne Belafonte-Biesemeyer

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Harry Belafonte's daughter in his first marriage.

David Belafonte
(30 Sept 1957 - )

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Son of Harry Belafonte and Julie Robinson-Belafonte. Executive Director of Belafonte Enterprises Inc. Also producer and sound designer.
Filmography:
Timebomb (1992) .... TV. Reporter
Across the Tracks (1991) .... Stanford Scout

Gina Belafonte
(8 Sept 1961 - )

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Daughter of Harry Belafonte and Julie Robinson-Belafonte. Actress working in television and film.
Filmography
Operation Splitsville (1998)
Kansas City (1996) .... Hey-Hey Club Hostess
"Commish, The" (1991) TV Series .... Officer Carmela Pagan
Bright Lights, Big City (1988) .... Kathy
Tokyo Pop (1988)
Beat Street (1984)

Harry Belafonte
(1 March 1927 - )

Beside everything else on this website he has also composed the following: "Cordelia Brown", "Forever Young", "Hello Everybody", "There's A Hole In The Bucket", "In That Great Gettin' Up Morning", "Island In The Sun", "Jump Down Spin Around", "Lead Man Holler", "Man Piaba", "Mark Twain", "Oh, Freedom", "Scratch, Scratch",  "Shake That Little Foot",  "Troubles", "Turn The World Around", "Will His Love Be Like His Rum"

Marguerite Belafonte

 
(Marguerite Byrd) Harry Belafonte's first wife.
They were married between 18 june 1948 and 28 february 1957.

Pamela Belafonte

(Pamela Frank) Harry Belafonte's third wife.
They were married in april 2008.

Shari Belafonte-Harper
(22 Sep 1954 - )

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Singer and actress. Has recorded the albums: Shari, The Eyes Of Night, Who Do You Think I Am

Anthony Bell

 
Vocals. Appeared on Harry Belafonte's 1979 European Tour.

Herman Berardinelli

 
Saxophone on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Eden Was Just Like This", "When The Saints Go Marching In"

Jay Berliner
(24 May 1940 - )

Guitarist Jay Berliner is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Following school he returned to New York City where, over the past twenty years, he has played on over 10,000 recordings ranging from phonograph records to commercial jingles to motion pictures and television. He has recorded with such diverse artists as Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Arnold, Andre Kostelanetz, George Benson, Stephane Astrud Gilberto and Charlie Mingus.
For five consecutive years he won "Most Valuable Player Award for Best Acoustic Guitar Player" from NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)-prized recognition from a jury of his peers. Jay Berliner performs in many idioms, such as classical, jazz, folk and rock

Appears on Harry Belafonte's album LSP2574, LSP2695, LSP2953, LSP3420, LSO6009, APL10094 and CB85254.

Count Bernadino

 
Composer of: "Auntie Mary"

Buddy Bernier

 
Composer of "The Night Has A 1000 Eyes"

Gene Bertoncini
(6 Apr 1937 - )

Born in New York. Started lessons at age nine, first job at 16. Has worked with Mike Mainieri, Buddy Rich, Merv Griffin, Skitch Henderson, Tony Bennett, Morgana King, Nancy Wilson. Guitar on Harry Belafonte's album CB85254. Gene Bertoncini also plays on these albums:  A Latin Love - Tony Mottola, Star/Time/Bubble/Love - The Free Design, Guitar ... USA - Tony Mottola. Read "Caught In Concert" by Dan Scott.

Harry Bessinger

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Member of The Belafonte Folk Singers (bass). Harry Bessinger was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and has studied music seriously from his early high school days. While still at school he was a member of the New Jersey All-State Chorus for three consecutive years. He attended Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, as a music major. He has sung in many church choirs in and around the New York-New Jersey area, and in 1959 sang with the All American Chorus under the direction of Dr. James Allan Dash.

Clifton "Skeeter" Best
(20 Nov 1914 - 27 May 1985)

 
Guitar on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "The Blues is Man 1", "The Blues is Man 2"

Ada Beth-Lee

 
Member of The Norman Luboff Choir 1955, performs on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin',  "Jump Down, Spin Around", "Noah", "Sylvie", "Take My Mother Home"

James Bevel

 
Composer of: "The Dog Song", 

James "Chief" Bey
(17 Apr 1913 - 8 Apr 2004)

 
Lived in Brooklyn, New York. Percussion on  Miriam Makeba's albums LSP3321 and LSP3420

The Bey Sisters

 
On the album "Presenting the Millard Thomas Group"- LPM1551

Rucker Bezerra

Violinist from Brazil, performs on Sivuca's album KCD186. Composer of "Luz" and "Minha Luiza"
More info HERE

Maurice Bialkin

 
Cello on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Acorn In The Meadow", "Hold'em Joe", "I'm Just A Country Boy", "Pretty As A Rainbow"

Eugene Bianco

 
Plays harp on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Fifteen", "How Green Was My Valley", "I'm Going Away", "The Lord is My Shepherd",

Leon Bibb
(7 Feb 1922- 23 Oct 2015)

 Guitarist and singer from Kentucky who began singing in clubs in Greenwich Village in the late 50s. He played major clubs and festivals across the US, and recorded for Vanguard and Columbia. Performs on the album "The Long Road To Freedom". Vocal chorus on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Angelique-O", "Cocoanut Woman", "Cordelia Brown", "Don't Ever Love Me", "Haiti Cherie", "Island in the Sun", "Mama Look A Bo Bo", "Scratch, Scratch",
Discography Here.

William Billings
(7 Oct 1746 - 26 Sep 1800)

Has written "David's Lamentation"

Andrew Black

 
Member of The Norman Luboff Choir.

Alex Blake

 
A legendary jazz bassist. Appeared on Belafonte's 1978 tour. Has also worked with Miles Davis and the Manhattan Transfers among others.

Robert Bloom

 
Oboe on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Man Piaba" and "Mo Mary",

Ray Blouin

 
Member of The Wayfarers 1963-1966

Laurence Bogue

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Member of The Belafonte Folk Singers (baritone). Laurence comes from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and received his Master's Degree at Juilliard School of Music. As leading baritone with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, he sang in "Rhigoletto", "La Traviata" and "Pagliacci". He later became assistant conductor of the Milwaukee Pops Orchestra and Chorus. His performance as Ben in the mid-west premiere of Menotti's "The Telephone" led to fifty appearances in that role. His New York operatic debut was with the New York City Opera Company as Silvio in "Pagliacci". He has sung over 130 concerts with the "Revelers" quartet, including a command performance for the President of the United States at the White House.

Ray Boguslav
(1930 - 2010)

More info HERE

Bob Bollard

 
Producer of Harry Belafonte's albums LSP2019, LSP2022, LSP2194, LSO6006 and LSO6007. Also produced some albums for The Chad Mitchell trio KS-3262, KS-3281 and KS-3313 and for Valentine Pringle LSP2689.

Ennio Bolognini
(1893 - 1979)

Cello on  Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma #1", "The Drummer And The Cook #2", "Eden Was Just Like This", "Hava Nageela #1", "Jamaica Farewell", "Mary's Boy Child", "Merci Bon Dieu", "Once Was", "When The Saints Go Marching In"

Richard Bona
(28 Oct 1967 - )

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More info HERE.

Luiz Bonfa
(17 Oct 1922 - 12 Jan 2001)

Composer of: "A Day In The Life Of A Fool"

Sean Bonniwell
(16 Aug 1940 - )

 
Member of The Wayfarers 1963-1966

Francis Bonny

 
Trumpet on Harry Belafonte's album "Paradise In Gazankulu".

Sorrell Booke
(4 Jan 1930 - 11 Feb 1994)

Performs on the album "The Long Road To Freedom"
Performs also on Mission: Impossible, episode 24.

Peggy Boots

 
Member of The Norman Luboff Choir.

Rupert Bopape

 
Composer of: "Capetown" and Chicken

Abram Borodkin

 
Cello on Harry Belafonte's recordings of  "Man Piaba", "Mo Mary",

Richard Neesai "Jagger" Botchway

 
Guitar on Hugh Masekela's album BTS62,

François Bouchard

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The only appearance together with Belafonte is when François plays tuba in "Sing for the Song" on Belafonte's video "Don't Stop The Carnival".  Before that, he played in a Bavarian Style Band. If you wonder why he does not smile during the show, the band members had a 100 dollar bet that he would smile during the show. That's why Richard Cummings played a tuning note after Arthur Williams "solo". François won the bet with smallest possible margin. François Bouchard lives in Canada and is now a Musical Director in the Canadian Military.

Tom Bower

Performs in the movie "White Man's Burden"

Paulo Braga

 
Drums on Sivuca's album 304.7028

Jerry Brainin
(1916 - 2000)

 
Composer of "The Night Has A 1000 Eyes"

Brian Brake

Drums on Harry Belafonte's album CB85254

Renee Braverman

 
Composer of "Kukla-Mu"

Sidney Brecher

 
Viola on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Acorn In The Meadow", "Hold'em Joe", "I'm Just A Country Boy", "Pretty As A Rainbow"

Gina Breedlove

Vocals on Belafonte's 1991 and 1993 European Tour. In "The Lion King" on Broadway, Sarabi is played by Gina Breedlove.

H. Breuer

 
Xylophone on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Hava Nageela #2", "When The Saints Go Marching In"

Ralph Brewster

 
Member of The Norman Luboff Choir 1955, performs on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin',  "Jump Down, Spin Around", "Noah", "Sylvie", "Take My Mother Home"

Eugene Brice

 
Member of The Seafarers Chorus

Percy Brice
(25 March 1923 - )

Born in New York City. Percussion on Harry Belafonte's albums LSP2449, LSP2574, LSP2695LSP2953, LSP3415, LSP3420, LSP3779, LSO6009

Mervin Bronson

Bass guitar on Harry Belafonte's album R4P5054. With Sivuca on VSD79352.

Paige Brook

 
Flute on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Cocoanut Woman", "Island in the Sun", "Mama Look A Bo Bo",

Don Brooks

 
Harmonica on Harry Belafonte's album CB85254

Fred Brooks
Alias for Fred Hellerman

Composer of: "Fare Thee Well", "Delia", "Darlin' Cora", "Green Grow The Lilacs", "I'm Just A Country Boy", "I Never Will Marry", "Pretty As A Rainbow", "Walking On The Green Grass", "The Way That I Feel",  "Who's Gonna Be Your Man", 

Sharon Brooks

 
Vocals on Belafonte's video "Don't Stop The Carnival" and the album "Paradise In Gazankulu". Also on the 1988 European Tour

John Broome

 
Member of The Norman Luboff Choir.

Alfred Vincent Brown

 
Viola on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Fifteen", "Hava Nageela #2", "How Green Was My Valley", "I'm Going Away", "The Lord is My Shepherd","When The Saints Go Marching In"

Cathy Brown

 
Member of the DeCormier Singers.

Edwin Brown

 
Oboe on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Acorn In The Meadow", "Hold'em Joe", "I'm Just A Country Boy", "Pretty As A Rainbow"

Jack Brown

 
Vocals on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Acorn In The Meadow", "Hold'em Joe", "I'm Just A Country Boy", "Pretty As A Rainbow"

Maurice Brown

 
Cello on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "A Roving", "Chimney Smoke", "Delia", "Soldier, Soldier", "The Drummer And The Cook #1", "The Fox",

Oscar Brown Jr
(10 Oct 1926 - 29 May 2005)

With Sivuca on the album LSO1166

Samuel Brown

Guitar on Harry Belafonte's album LSP3420 and with Miriam Makeba on LSP2845.

H. Brynan

 
Violin on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Hava Nageela #2", "When The Saints Go Marching In"

Felix Buldrini

 
Violin on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Acorn In The Meadow", "A Roving", "Chimney Smoke", "Hold'em Joe", "I'm Just A Country Boy", "Pretty As A Rainbow"

Hiram Bullock
(11 Sep 1955 - 25 July 2008)

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Guitar on Harry Belafonte's album CB85254. Has also recorded some own albums, one of them is Atlantic 81685-1 "From All Sides"
Hiram Bullock was born in Osaka, Japan and came to America at the age of 2. As a child, he studied piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, playing his first recital at age 6. After learning the saxophone, he began to play the bass guitar, and played his first professional gigs with a typical high school rock band. He switched to guitar when he was 16, admittedly to "meet more girls." He attended the University of Miami music school, where he studied with Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. One of his steady nightclub jobs was with the singer Phyllis Hyman, and eventually this led him to New York. Almost immediately after arriving in New York, Hiram’s international career began. He first played with David Sanborn, meeting producer Phil Ramone and playing on many gold and platinum albums. Hiram's homepage is here.

Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess)
(28 July,1924-)

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Born 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. Son of a Barbadian mother and an American father. Well known composer and arranger, known more under the pseudonym Lord Burgess. Has written the Lyrics of The National Anthem of Barbados . Has also written 35 songs for Harry Belafonte including most of the lyrics on the album LPM1248 which was the first album in the world that sold over 1.000.000 copies. Look here for a short interview. Has recorded the albums "Island In The Sun" and "The Father Of Modern Calypso"
Composer of: "Angelina", "Angelique-O", "Bally Mena", "Bella Rosa", "Can't Cross Over", "Cocoanut Woman", "Cordelia Brown", "Day-O",  "Dolly Dawn", "Don't Ever Love Me", "Eden Was Just Like This", "Go Down Emanuel Road", "Haiti Cherie", "Hosanna", "I Do Adore Her", "Island In The Sun",  "The Jack-Ass Song", "Jamaica Farewell", "Judy Drownded", "Kingston Market", "Land Of The Sea And Sun", "Lead Man Holler", "Lucy's Door", "Monkey", "Reincarnation", "'Round The Bay Of Mexico", "Scratch, Scratch", "Star-O", "These Are The Times", 
Arranger of: "Going Down Jordan", 
Vocal chorus on Harry Belafonte's recordings of "Angelique-O", "Cocoanut Woman", "Cordelia Brown", "Day-O #1", "Dolly Dawn", "Haiti Cherie", "Hosanna", "Island in the Sun", "Jack-Ass Song", "Mama Look A Bo Bo", "Scratch, Scratch", "Will His Love Be Like His Rum"
Guitar on: "Brown Skin Girl", "Come back Liza", "Melda Massi", "Unchained Melody"

Harry Burney

 
Vocals on Belafonte's 1981 European Tour

LeVar Burton
(16 Feb 1957 - )

Performs in the movie "Grambling's White Tiger"

Miriam Burton

 
Performs on Harry Belafonte's album "The Long Road To Freedom" and vocals on "Hosanna", "Jack-Ass Song", "Will His Love Be Like His Rum"

Steve Buscemi
(13 Dec 1957 - )

Performs in the movie "Kansas City"

Ken Buttrey
(1 April 1945 - 12 Sept 2004)

Percussion on Gordon Lightfoot's album UAS6587,

Bobby Byrne

 
Member of the DeCormier Singers.

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Updated: 01-aug-2016