Irving Burgie: Songwriter of calypso hit Day-O dies aged 95


Irving Burgie attends the Broadway opening night performance for Beetlejuice at The Wintergarden in New York on 25 April, 2019Graphic copyright
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Irving Burgie wrote the lyrics to the national anthem of Barbados

US composer Irving Burgie, who helped to popularise Caribbean songs with hit tunes like Day-O, has died aged ninety five.

His dying was confirmed by Barbados Key Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who called for a moment of silence for the man who wrote its nationwide anthem.

Mr Burgie is greatest acknowledged for supporting singer Harry Belafonte deliver calypso new music to the mainstream.

The nineteen fifties tune Day-O went on to be utilised in movies, adverts and even as a wake-up contact for astronauts in place.

The calypso hit, also regarded as The Banana Boat Music, featured in the well known film Beetlejuice and has been sampled by rapper Lil Wayne and singer Jason Derulo.

US media stories say Mr Burgie died on Friday as a result of problems from heart failure.

His site claims his music have bought a lot more than 100 million information around the world.

Mr Burgie wrote eight of the eleven music on Harry Belafonte’s 1956 album Calypso, which was the 1st album in the US to promote much more than a million copies.

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Mr Burgie wrote a variety of songs for Harry Belafonte

For the duration of his vocation, the composer worked with artists including Jimmy Buffett, Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke.

His other perfectly-recognised tracks include Island in the Sunshine, Jamaica Farewell and Mary’s Boy Kid, which he co-wrote.

Brooklyn-born Mr Burgie did not begin pursuing a vocation in music right until he returned from serving in an all-black US Military battalion in Entire world War Two.

He then utilized the gains he acquired as a war veteran to fund his scientific tests at New York’s prestigious Juilliard executing arts faculty and went on to start a career as a singer and guitarist ahead of transferring into crafting music for other individuals.

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