Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
Composer: Erik Darling / Bob Carey / Alan Arkin
No Grateful Dead recordings.
This list is not intended to be comprehensive.
Calypso, Harry Belafonte, 1956
The Tarriers, 1956
Shirley Bassey, 1957
Golden Hits, Sarah Vaughan, 1958
Belafonte At Carnegie Hall, Harry Belafonte, 1959
Play It Like It Is, The Country Gentlemen, 1969
All the Best of Johnnie and Jack, Johnnie and Jack, 1970
Everybody's In Show Business, The Kinks, 1972
Belafonte - Concert In Japan, Harry Belafonte, 1974
Collection, Harry Belafonte, 1984
All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, Harry Belafonte, 1988
His Greatest Hits, Harry Belafonte, 1991
Johnnie & Jack and the Tennessee Mountain Boys, Johnnie Wright, 1992
Troubadours Of The Folk Era Vol. 3, Various Artists (The Tarriers), 1992
Kershaw Sessions, Robyn Hitchcock, 1994
Folk Song America, Vol. 2, Various Artists (The Tarriers), 1994
An Evening with Belafonte and Friends, Harry Belafonte, 1997
The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971, The Country Gentlemen, 1998
Silver Anthology, Stormy Weather, 1999
Greatest Hits, Harry Belafonte, 2000
Art Of A Legend, Harry Belafonte, 2001
Island In The Sun, Harry Belafonte, 2002
The Folk Years: Yesterday's Gone, Various Artists (Harry Belafonte), 2002
The Folk Years, Various Artists (Harry Belafonte), 2003
Gather Round: Songs for Kids and Other Folks, Various Artists (Taj Mahal), 2004
The Essential, Harry Belafonte, 2005
Authorized Bootleg: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, Feb 27, 1989, Neville Brothers, 2010
Pure... Movies, Various Artists (Harry Belafonte), 2010
Performed twice by the Grateful Dead in 1987. On both occasions with the Neville Brothers.
The song is often simply known as Day-O. The writing credits are most commonly Darling / Carey / Arkin (Arkin and Darling were members of the Tarriers). Other writers are credited though are given both the on online sites of ASCAP, BMI and HFA and on a number of recordings. These include; Burgess, Lord / Attaway, William, Adcock / Duffey / Waller and Luyre / Cobin. This suggests that the song is perhaps adapted from a traditional song.
The Adcock / Duffey / Waller credit presumably refers to the core members of the Country Gentlemen Charlie Waller, John Duffey, and Eddie Adcock who recorded an arrangement of the tune and registered the arrangement. The credits may also fall into this category.
The Belafonte LP Calypso is thought to be the first LP that sold over 1 million copies.
The tune was used as the basis for the protest song Freedom's Comin' And It Won't Be Long.