Irving Burgie

Age 95


November 29, 2019


Irving Burgie wrote the calypso song "Day-O" ("The Banana Boat Song") which became a huge hit for singer Harry Belafonte in 1956. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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Condolences. May the God of creation comfort you during your time of grief.

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for his classic hit that he penned and also other songs he wrote. A truly talented man. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of sorrow.

I was a friend of Irvings for over a quarter of a century. Abbey Lincoln and I would visit him at his home and also have lunch or dinner together - and once we attended a Broadway show - but for some reason I cant remember the name of the show but I do remember Irving laughing joyously as he helped Abbey and I out of the car.

Irving Burgie had a great love for his communitys many causes and he was a good friend to the many children I helped in my non- profit Harlem Gallery. He...

My condolences to the family of Iriving Burgie, we hope many of the encouraging words and thoughts on this site comforts you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. Day-O will continue to be a great song. In the days ahead throw all of your sadness, cries and anxieties on the Hearer of Prayers who cares for you.

I miss u

On behalf of the Friends of the Minisink Experences, Inc. we send our deepest condolences to the family of Irving Burgie. The Minisink family will miss you dearly.

Thank you Mr. Burgie for all your support for the Wilbert E. Burgie Cadet Corps, Inc. The organization will continue to stand with pride and stand strong with the Burgie Family name. You will be missed.

Irving was a dear friend for decades, and I'll miss him. He was a good man. His music will continue to bring pleasure to millions of people, and will be a beautiful memorial to him. My condolences to his family.

My Deepest Condolences to the family of Mr. Irving Burgie, prolific songwriter. It was always a pleasure to chat with him about music and his friendship with (my Great-Uncle) the Late Bennie Benjamin, songwriter and Composer. My prayers are with the family.