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, 2019Picture copyright
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Irving Burgie wrote the lyrics to the nationwide anthem of Barbados


US composer Irving Burgie, who helped to popularise Caribbean music with hit songs like Day-O, has died aged 95.

His loss of life was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who referred to as for a second of silence for the person who wrote its nationwide anthem.


Mr Burgie is greatest identified for serving to singer Harry Belafonte convey calypso music to the mainstream.

The 1950s tune Day-O went on for use in movies, adverts and whilst a wake-up name for astronauts in area.

The calypso hit, often known as The Banana Boat Tune, featured within the fashionable movie Beetlejuice and has been sampled by rapper Lil Wayne and singer Jason Derulo.

US media stories say Mr Burgie died on Friday because of issues from coronary heart failure.

His web site says his songs have offered greater than 100 million data worldwide.

Mr Burgie wrote eight of the 11 songs on Harry Belafonte’s 1956 album Calypso, which was the primary album within the US to promote greater than one million copies.

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Mr Burgie wrote a lot of songs for Harry Belafonte

Throughout his profession, the composer labored with artists together with Jimmy Buffett, Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke.

His different well-known songs embody Island within the Solar, Jamaica Farewell and Mary’s Boy Little one, which he co-wrote.

Brooklyn-born Mr Burgie didn’t start pursuing a profession in music till he returned from serving in an all-black US Military battalion in World Warfare Two.

He then used the advantages he acquired as a conflict veteran to fund his research at New York’s prestigious Juilliard performing arts college and went on to launch a profession as a singer and guitarist earlier than transferring into writing songs for others.

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