Irving Burgie

American musician

Irving Louis Burgie (July 28, 1924[1] – November 29, 2019), also known as Lord Burgess, was an American songwriter. He was known as "one of the greatest composers of Caribbean music".[2] Burgie was born in Brooklyn. He wrote 34 songs for Harry Belafonte, including eight of the 11 songs on the Belafonte album Calypso (1956), the first album of any kind to sell one million copies. Burgie also wrote the lyrics of the National Anthem of Barbados.[3]

Burgie died on November 29, 2019 in Queens of heart failure at the age of 95.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Music Sack Accessed October 28, 2008.
  2. "Irving Burgie", Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 December 2019
  3. "Olympics 2012: The secrets behind national anthems". Bbc.co.uk. August 2, 2012.
  4. Jon Kalish, "Irving Burgie, Songwriter Who Helped Bring Calypso To America, Dies At 95", NPR, November 30, 2019.
  5. "Irving Burgie dies". Barbados Today. November 30, 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.