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Sonny Burke

b, voc, *1914 US, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Musician / Composer / Arranger / Producer of Jazz and Pop
A.k.a. Joseph Francis Burke

Producer, songwriter and Big Band leader, born March 22, 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania; died May 31, 1980 in Santa Monica, California. Also credited for writing Liner Notes. Note: For funk - soul - jazz keyboardist, use Sonny Burke (2). Do not confuse with songwriter Johnny Burke or Joe Burke (3). In 1937, he graduated from Duke University. During the 30s and 40s he was a big band leader in New York (including Sam Donahue's band) and during the 40s and 50s he worked as a band arranger for the Charlie Spivak and Jimmy Dorsey bands, among others. He was also bandleader for recordings of leading singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé. He is credited as co-composer of "Midnight Sun", the Lionel Hampton tune with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. He was an active arranger and bandleader in major recording studios, including Decca Records. Burke was musical director of Reprise Records and was responsible for many of Frank Sinatra's albums. His song titles are listed at both BMI (with 61 titles) and ASCAP (with 210 titles).

  • Bass
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Latin
  • Soundtrack
  • Children's Music
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Ling Mambo on Gold Latino by Various Artists

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Band Members
Title Artist Year Type
Music From Lady and the TrampSonny Burke, Peggy Lee, Oliver Wallace2018Album
Lady And The TrampPeggy Lee, Sonny Burke1972Single
Songs From DisneylandCliff Edwards, Sonny Burke, The RhythmairesSingle
Walk To The Bull RingSonny BurkeSingle
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