By Ann Oldenburg,
Harry Belafonte has been in the news lately for several reasons. His new memoir, My Song, is just out. He has lent his support to the
The 84-year-old singer was supposed to do an early-morning satellite interview with the KBAK in
"Hey, good morning Harry!" says Layla Santiago to a snoozing Belafonte. She continues, "Wake up, wake up! This is your wake-up call! OK, I'll tell you what, he's meditating. He's taking a little nap."
UPDATE: What happened? A technical glitch. Lifeline Live has been told that the audio "dropped out" and Belafonte couldn't hear his introduction. Publicist Kristin Clifford says Belafonte was resting his eyes, but would have conducted the interview had he heard the newscaster. She adds that it's upsetting that "their technical difficulty was used to embarrass Mr. Belafonte. This was 100% their error."
UPDATE NO. 2: "After weeks of literally hundreds of interviews promoting his HBO documentary, memoir and CD, Mr. Belafonte had an early morning satellite TV tour this past Friday. True to form, there was a technical glitch in the feed to a local station in
Who is Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr.?
He (originally "Belafonete"; born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. He was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the
Born Harold George Belafonte, Jr., at Lying-in Hospital, New York City, New York, Belafonte was the son of Melvine (née Love) – a housekeeper (of Jamaican descent) – and Harold George Belafonete, Sr., a Martiniquan who worked as chef in the Royal Navy. From 1932 to 1940, he lived with his grandmother in her native country of Jamaica. When he returned to