Music Throwback Saturday: Banana Boat

Harry Belafonte will be turning 90 on March 1, 2017

tarriersI knew the song Banana Boat (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte. Everybody knows that song, even fans in Japan, who would sing it TO Harry.

But looking on the charts for February 16, 1957, I found TWO songs with similar titles, the Belafonte Song at #5 and The Banana Boat Song by a group called The Tarriers at #7, a recording that, to my knowledge, I had never heard.

The Tarriers was a folk trio of Eric Darling (d. 2008), Bob Casey and the future movie actor Continue reading “Music Throwback Saturday: Banana Boat”