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Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

Traditional Vintage Pop Song

Originally Performed by Harry Belafonte

"Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" is a traditional Jamaican folk song; the best-known version was released by American singer Harry Belafonte in 1956 and later became one of his signature songs. That same year The Tarriers released an alternative version that incorporated the chorus of another Jamaican folk song, "Hill and Gully Rider". The Tarriers version was later recorded by Shirley Bassey.

The song has mento influences, but "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" was commonly classified as an example of the better known calypso music. It is a work song, from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. Daylight has come, the shift is over, and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home.

    Release Date: 1956


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Various Arrangers : Sing In The Barbershop Quartet - Rock In Harmony  : TTBB : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 884088270414 : 1423461800 : 00333014

Various Arrangers : Sing In The Barbershop Quartet - Rock In Harmony

These great collections let men sing four-part a cappella harmony with a professionally recorded barbershop quartet. The books include TTBB parts and the CDs feature full performances. Just turn on the CD, open the book, pick your part, and sing along!

Songlist: Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight, Happy Together , Hello Mary Lou, In My Room, The Longest Time, Silhouettes, Under the Boardwalk

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Voicing: TTBB | 5473b | Songbook & 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Eddie Perfect : Beetlejuice : Solo : Songbook : 888680966713 : 1540064581 : 00302238

Eddie Perfect : Beetlejuice

This matching folio to the 2019 Broadway musical based in the 1988 film of the same name features 15 vocal arrangements with piano accompaniment. Songs include: Barbara 2.0 - Creepy Old Guy - Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) - Dead Mom - Fright of Their Lives - Girl Scout - Home - Jump in the Line - No Reason - Prologue: Invisible - Ready, Set, Not Yet - Say My Name - That Beautiful Sound - What I Know Now - The Whole Being Dead Thing.

Songlist: Home, Say My Name, Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), Jump In The Line, Dead Mom, Barbara 2.0, Creepy Old Guy, Fright Of Their Lives, Girl Scout, No Reason, Prologue: Invisible, Ready, Set, Not Yet, That Beautiful Sound, The Whole 'Being Dead' Thing, What I Know Now

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Voicing: Solo | 70755b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) : SATB : Alan Billingsley : Harry Belafonte : Songbook : 02500962 : 884088113131

Alan Billingsley : Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this Irving Burgie classic with this fun-to-sing arrangement. Percussion or the great recorded ShowTrax CD will complete the presentation.Available separately: SATB, SAB, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:45.

Arranger: Alan Billingsley Performed By: Harry Belafonte

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 02500962 | Showtrax CD Available


Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) : SAB : Alan Billingsley : Harry Belafonte : Sheet Music : 02500963 : 884088113148

Alan Billingsley : Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this Irving Burgie classic with this fun-to-sing arrangement. Percussion or the great recorded ShowTrax CD will complete the presentation.Available separately: SATB, SAB, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:45.

Arranger: Alan Billingsley Performed By: Harry Belafonte

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 02500963 | Showtrax CD Available


Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) : 2-Part : Alan Billingsley : Harry Belafonte : Sheet Music : 02500964 : 884088113155

Alan Billingsley : Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this Irving Burgie classic with this fun-to-sing arrangement. Percussion or the great recorded ShowTrax CD will complete the presentation.Available separately: SATB, SAB, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:45.

Arranger: Alan Billingsley Performed By: Harry Belafonte | Country: Caribbean

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 02500964 | Showtrax CD Available

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