Irving Burgie, the writer of the lyrics of the National Anthem, passed away last night in NY.
Burgie soon found his niche as a songwriter, and an annual scholarship in his name is awarded annually by the ASCAP Foundation to an African-American songwriter from New York City.
Mr Burgie is best known for helping singer Harry Belafonte bring calypso music to the mainstream.
"Day-O" was also the wake-up call for the astronauts on two Space Shuttle missions in the 1990s.
Burgie collaborated with his friend Belafonte across three albums of material: "Calypso", with its hit single "Day-O", followed by "Belafonte Sings of the Caribbean" and "Jump Up the Calypso".
It went on to be the first full-length album ever credited with selling one million copies in the U.S., according to USA media.
Based on a Jamaican folk song, "Day-O" was first recorded in 1952 but Burgie re-worked the lyrics for Belafonte's version on the 1956 album "Calypso".
His other well-known songs include Island in the Sun, Jamaica Farewell and Mary's Boy Child, which he co-wrote. Burgie studied at the Juilliard School of Music, University of Arizona and University of Southern California.
He became a folk singer using the stage name "Lord Burgess" and performed the circuit between NY and Chicago, making his NY nightclub debut at the Village Vanguard in 1954.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley observed a moment's silence for the songwriter this morning before delivering the address at the Independence Day Parade marking the 53rd anniversary of Independence at Kensington Oval.
"We write our names on history's page/With expectations great/Strict guardians of our heritage/Firm craftsmen of our fate", go some of the lines of the anthem.