Home Celebrity Irving Burgie, Author of Harry Belafonte’s “Day O,” Father of Modern Calypso...

I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Irving Burgie twice this year. He died today at age 95.

“Day O,” the song he wrote and made popular by Harry Belafonte, is featured in a memorable scene in “Beetlejuice” on Broadway. Irving came to the 1st performance, and to the opening night. He loved the show, and lapped up the kudos from well wishers. I was also on the nominating committee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he was inducted several years ago, and he remembered me from then, too.

What a life! And what legacy! Day O must be responsible for a long life. Belafonte, a worldwide treasure, is 92 himself!

Rest in peace, Irving! Daylight come and it’s time to go home indeed.

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