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Harry Belafonte's breakthrough 1956 Calypso became the first album to sell a million copies, but his career as a recording star is the least interesting part of this extraordinary memoir. My Song recounts a life that began in Harlem with an alcoholic, physically abusive father and his victimized spouse. Restless and alienated, he spent part of his early life in Jamaica, and then joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a lowly janitor when he received the gift that changed his life: a free ticket to the Theater of Harlem. That single performance convinced him to become an actor. He enrolled in acting school, with fellow classmates including his soon-to-be close friends Sidney Poitier and Marlon Brando; and others including Walter Matthau and Tony Curtis. This memoir goes even further, recounting Belafonte's friendships with Paul Robeson and Martin Luther King, Jr., and his deep commitment to activism. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.