Songwriter Irving Burgie dies at 95

Irving Burgie, pictured here in 2010, was best known as the man who helped introduce calypso music to the mainstream. (AFP)Irving Burgie, pictured here in 2010, was best known as the man who helped introduce calypso music to the mainstream. (AFP)

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Brooklyn-born songwriter Irving Burgie, best known for co-writing Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat song Day-O in 1952, passed away on Friday at the age of 95. Burgie is credited with helping to bring Caribbean music into the mainstream.

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