Edmundo & Harry
Posted by Michael Eldridge on October 22, 2011
Edmundo Ros, the Trini-born Latin bandleader who introduced Britons to calypso in the early 1940s and entertained them for over half a century (and whose centenary this blog marked last year) has died just shy of his 101st birthday. Here is his obituary from the Guardian (UK).
Meanwhile, closer to home: octogenarian Harry Belafonte is still alive and kicking — though occasionally somnolent. During a publicity blitz in connection with his new memoir, My Song (and HBO documentary “Sing Your Song“), Belafonte apparently dozed off while waiting for an early-morning satellite interview with a southern California Fox affiliate, earning him a viral internet video and mean-spirited sniggers from anonymous Dittoheads everywhere. His publicist chalked up the incident to fatigue and a faulty earpiece, claiming that Belafonte was taking advantage of a quiet moment to “meditate.” Some of us prefer to think he was merely signalling his opinion of Fox News.
Check out this all-too-brief interview with Belafonte in New York magazine by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, a terrific young scholar & writer. (Let’s see the long version, Josh!) And (go figure) Garrison’s Keillor’s review of My Song for the New York Times.