Harry Belafonte’s wife, who had been very suspicious about my presence because I had suggested that Harry Belafonte change his show and stop singing calypso and start singing about himself… He’s a very great singer. We were drinking late into the night at the Four Seasons Hotel and I got out this poem [Slowly I Married Her] and I thought he could set it to music. And I don’t know whether it was the vodka or not, but she wept a few tears that sealed the night very nicely.
From Authors with Patrick Watson (CBC: 1980)
Note: While Mr Belafonte passed on putting Slowly I Married Her to music, Lewis Furey took up the challenge.
Authors with Patrick Watson (CBC: 1980)