Irving Burgie wrote the lyrics to Barbados ‘ national anthem
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley confirmed his death, calling for a moment of silence for the man who wrote his national anthem.
Mr Burgie is best known for helping to bring calypso music to the mainstream through singer Harry Belafonte.
The 1950s Day-O song continued to be used in films, advertisements, and even as a wake-up call for space astronauts.
The calypso hit also known as The Banana Boat Song, was featured in Beetlejuice’s popular movie and was sampled by rapper Lil Wayne and singer Jason Derulo.
U.S. media reports say that on Friday Mr Burgie died as a result of heart failure complications.
His website claims more than 100 million records have been sold worldwide by his songs.
Mr Burgie authored eight of the 11 songs on the 1956 Calypso album by Harry Belafonte, which was the first album in the United States to sell over a million copies.

Mr Burgie has written several songs for Harry Belafonte
The composer has worked with artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke throughout his career.
His some very well-known songs, which he co-wrote, include Island in the Sun, Jamaica Farewell, and Mary’s Boy Child.
Mr Burgie, who was born in Brooklyn, did not start a music career until he returned from serving in World War Two in an all-black U.S. Army battalion.
He then used the benefits he gained as a war veteran to support his studies at the prestigious performing arts school Juilliard in New York and began a career as a singer and guitarist before going on to writing songs for others.


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