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Johnny Burke

John Francis Burke (October 3, 1908 – February 25, 1964) was an American lyricist, successful and prolific between the 1920s and 1950s. His work is considered part of the Great American Songbook.

His song "Swinging on a Star", from the Bing Crosby film Going My Way, won an Academy Award for Best Song in 1944.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 3, 1908 (Antioch), Died February 25, 1964 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer, songwriter, vocalist

Notes: The singer is not the popular song lyricist but may be the youth described in this New York Times article.

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 204 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-047093 10-in. 2/24/1940 Polka dots and moonbeams Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-047747 10-in. 3/4/1940 Polka dots and moonbeams Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-047748 10-in. 3/4/1940 My! My! The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-047901 10-in. 3/1/1940 Charming little faker Blue Barron ; Charlie Fischer Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048102 10-in. 3/11/1940 Polka dots and moonbeams Dick Todd Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-048429 10-in. 3/25/1940 Charming little faker The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-048430 10-in. 3/25/1940 Imagination Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048471 10-in. 3/28/1940 Imagination Dinah Shore ; Paul Wetstein Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-048481 10-in. 3/29/1940 Devil may care Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048487 10-in. 3/30/1940 Devil may care Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048488 10-in. 3/31/1940 April played the fiddle Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048490 10-in. 3/31/1940 I haven't time to be a millionaire Tex Beneke ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048717 10-in. 4/4/1940 Meet the sun half-way Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Tommy Taylor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048719 10-in. 4/4/1940 The pessimistic character (with the crab-apple face) Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Tommy Taylor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048740 10-in. 4/8/1940 They ought to write a book about you Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048758 10-in. 4/10/1940 April played the fiddle Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048762 10-in. 4/10/1940 I haven't time to be a millionaire Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-048905 10-in. 4/15/1940 Devil may care Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-048950 10-in. 4/25/1940 Meet the sun half-way Smoothies Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-049053 10-in. 3/26/1940 They ought to write a book about you Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-049180 10-in. 5/11/1940 Meet the sun half-way Janet Blair ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor PBS-049980 10-in. 8/6/1940 Rhythm on the river Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor PBS-049981 10-in. 8/6/1940 Ain't it a shame about Mame Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-051582 10-in. 6/27/1940 Only forever Allan Storr ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-051846 10-in. 7/11/1940 Rhythm on the river Bob Chester Orchestra ; Al Stuart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 101-125 of 204 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Burke, Johnny," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108757.

Burke, Johnny. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108757.

"Burke, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108757

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