Sonny Burke

Joseph Francis Burke

Also known as Burk, Burke, F. Burke, F. J. Burke, F.J.Burke, Francis J. Burke, J. Burke, J. Francis Burke, Joseph F. "Sonnny" Burke, Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Joseph Francis Burke, S Burke, S. Burke, S.Burke, Sonny Burke And His Orchestra, Sonny, Burke, Sony Burke, Sunny Burke
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Big band leader, born March 22, 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania; died May 31, 1980 in Santa Monica, California.

IPI / CAE#: 75647840

[b]Note: For funk - soul - jazz keyboardist, use [a=Sonny Burke (2)].

Do not confuse with songwriter [a=Johnny Burke] or [a=Joe Burke (3)].[/b]

In 1937, he graduated from Duke University. During the 30s and 40s he was a big band leader in New York (including [a=Sam Donahue]'s band) and during the 40s and 50s he worked as a band arranger for the [a=Charlie Spivak] and [a=Jimmy Dorsey] bands, among others. He was also bandleader for recordings of leading singers such as [a=Ella Fitzgerald] and [a=Mel Tormé].

He is credited as co-composer of "Midnight Sun", the [a=Lionel Hampton] tune with lyrics by [a=Johnny Mercer]. He was an active arranger and bandleader in major recording studios, including Decca Records. Burke was musical director of [l157] and was responsible for many of [a=Frank Sinatra]'s albums.

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