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Thread #61495   Message #989032
Posted By: GUEST,Q
23-Jul-03 - 04:03 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Subject: RE: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
There are a couple more Irving Burgie cds. He is called the "Father of Modern Calypso."
His NY musical, "Ballad for Bimshire," had his music and island themes. It was produced in 1963, and according to the Musical Heaven (brief summaries of all NY musical theatre) website, ran for 74 performances at the Mayfair Theatre.

A revue called "Day-O" is based on his compositions. Haven't looked it up, so don't know the details.
Haven't found a decent biography yet, so don't know if any of the pieces are partly folk based or not.