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Hall of Fame songwriter, Irving Burgie talks about his career, the classic song "Day-O," and new autobiography.

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  1. 1. Songwriter Irving Burgie steps into the spotlight with new autobiography Get the latest News, Sports and Gossip delivered to your home Sign Up | Manage Account REGISTER LOGIN HOME AUTOS REAL ESTATE JOBS CLASSIFIEDS SHOP TICKETS CONTESTS GAMES Site Blogs Discussions SEARCH NEWS SPORTS GOSSIP ENTERTAINMENT NY LOCAL OPINIONS VIDEO BLOGS LIFESTYLE MONEY LATINO SERVICES BRONX BROOKLYN QUEENS EDUCATION WEATHER TRAFFIC & TRANSIT LOTTERY DEATH NOTICES NY LOCAL COLUMNISTS NY LOCAL BLOGS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2007 Songwriter Irving Burgie steps into the Discuss Print Email spotlight with new autobiography Digg Newsvine BY LAUREN DARSON Reddit Furl Stumble Tuesday, November 27th 2007, 4:00 AM Related Articles Related Topics Harry Belafonte took one man's words and brought them to life over Victor Rabinowitz, lefty lawyer of Hiss, Castro and 50 years ago, but now songwriter Black Panthers, dead at 96 Irving Burgie steps into the spotlight with his new autobiography about Brooklyn attorney honored for his fight for civil bringing calypso music to America. rights Supreme Court will hear case on D.C. handgun quot;Day-Oquot; and seven other songs were ban; casts spotlight on gun control written by Burgie for Belafonte's first Proposed 1,000 foot skyscraper would be calypso-themed record, which was Brooklyn's tallest structure No. 1 for 32 weeks in 1956 and 1957 Alice in Wonderland Winter Festival at PS 154 - the first album to sell over 1million copies. Pace for News Hall of Fame songwriter Irving Burgie in front of his quot;It was a terrific smash and it is still a photo wall at his St. Albans home. The wall is a popular song today,quot; said Burgie, collection of photos of people he has worked with noting that quot;Day-Oquot; is played as a and met over the last 50 years. wakeup call to astronauts in outer space. quot;Generations of people are familiar with my music.quot; Burgie, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, also wrote the theme song for the 1957 film quot;Island in the Sun,quot; which starred Belafonte. His name also is on the celebrity path in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He has written 34 published songs and has sold over 100 million records. The story of his life, published this year, is called quot;Day-O!!!, The Autobiography of Irving Burgie,quot; (Xlibris, $22). It chronicles Burgie's life from his birth in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, in 1924. His mother was from Barbados and he grew up surrounded by calypso and Caribbean influences. Later, after serving in World War II, Burgie attended the Juilliard School of Music, then decided to dedicate his time to studying and researching Caribbean culture and introduce it to American society through song. quot;The average person didn't know about the Caribbean sound and I awakened the public at large. These songs introduced a whole new genre of music to the world,quot; said Burgie. Burgie's songs have become the international paradigm of calypso music, making him a superstar in the Caribbean. In 1966, Burgie was asked to compose a national anthem for Barbados after the country gained its independence from England - a task that might have seemed arduous, since he had never lived there, but it only took Burgie a couple of weeks. quot;It wasn't too difficult, because at the time I was involved in the civil rights movement in America and many of the same elements were involved in Barbados gaining independence,quot; said Burgie. Newsletter Signup Burgie said civil rights movements around the world like those in India, North America and the Caribbean were his inspiration for the Barbados national anthem, Get the latest Updates. and that the symbols relating to any oppressed people are universal. SIGN UP NOW Burgie has spent the past 52 years living in St. Albans, most of them with his wife of 47 years, Paige Turner, who died two years ago. They have two children - Irving Jr., 50, and Andrew, 42. quot;I enjoy living in Queens. It is the greatest town in the world,quot; said Burgie. quot;I traveled all over the world and New York is it.quot; Discuss this Article 0 comments so far. Add your comment below!. To post comments, REGISTER or LOG IN 1 of 2 11/28/2007 9:35 PM