It wasn't until the middle 1950s, however, that the calypso craze swept over the continent. One of the reasons was Harry Belafonte. His album Calypso (1956) was the first LP to sell more than a million copies. "Day-O" or "The Banana Boat Song" from that recording was a huge single hit.
The Tarriers, a folk trio that included Alan Arkin, also had a bit hit with a somewhat different version of the song the same year.
And we shouldn't forget Stan Freberg's great parody record, which probably sold a few million of its own.
Even Robert Mitchum got in on things, recording an album called Calypso . . . Is Like So. Here's a little number from that one.
None of these songs is true calypso, but they're all entertaining popularized versions of it. If you like them, do some exploring on YouTube and you can find things such as Lord Invader's original version of "Rum and Coca-Cola." Check it out.