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Thursday February 20th, 2020 7:28PM

Irving Burgie, songwriter of calypso hit ‘Day-O,’ dies at 95

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age of 95.

His death Friday was announced Saturday by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley during the Caribbean country’s Independence Day parade. Burgie wrote the lyrics to Barbados’ national anthem.

According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Burgie’s songs have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Many were recorded by Belafonte, including eight songs on Belafonte's 1956 album, “Calypso,” the first album to sell over 1 million copies in the U.S.

The Brooklyn-born Burgie studied at the Juilliard School of Music. He became a folk singer using the stage name "Lord Burgess" and performed the circuit between New York and Chicago.

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