Destroyer of Eardrums!!!
- May 30, 2012
- Reaction score
- GTA, Canada
Irving Burgie: Songwriter of calypso hit Day-O dies aged 95
His death was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who called for a moment of silence for the man who wrote its national anthem.
Mr Burgie is best known for helping singer Harry Belafonte bring calypso music to the mainstream.
The 1950s song Day-O went on to be used in films, adverts and even as a wake-up call for astronauts in space.
The calypso hit, also known as The Banana Boat Song, featured in the popular film Beetlejuice and has been sampled by rapper Lil Wayne and singer Jason Derulo.
Irving Burgie helped to popularise Caribbean music, selling more than 100 million records worldwide.
And so another piece of musical history dies.
RIP Mr. Burgie. You made your mark.