Clifford R. "Cliff" Burwell (1898–1976) was an American pianist and composer. He was born in New Haven, Conn. on October 6, 1898. His most popular composition was "Sweet Lorraine," with lyrics by Mitchell Parish.
He played piano in dance bands in the 1920s, including touring with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. His compositions included "Swing Express to Harlem" "Going Wacky" and "Why." He became the pianist and arranger for the Rudy Vallee band in 1928. The song Sweet Lorraine was introduced on the radio by Rudy Vallee in 1928. That year it was recorded by Vallee and also Johnny Johnson & his Hotel Statler Pennsylvanians. It was recorded by Isham Jones in 1932 and Teddy Wilson in 1935 both for Brunswick. The King Cole Trio recording on Decca in 1940 established Nat King Cole as a singer.
He played piano with the Rudy Vallee band from 1928 to 1943. He died in New Haven on October 10, 1976.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1898, Died January 1st, 1977
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, piano, songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-45575||10-in.||6/11/1928||Sweet Lorraine||Johnny Johnson ; Statler Pennsylvanians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-021625||10-in.||3/25/1938||Sweet Lorraine||Benny Goodman Trio||Jazz/dance trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-054689||10-in.||8/6/1940||Sweet Lorraine||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-152||10-in.||6/4/1928||Sweet Lorraine||Rudy Vallée||Male vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||BVE-Test-153||10-in.||6/4/1928||Georgie Porgie||Rudy Vallée||Male vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W146307||10-in.||5/18/1928||Sweet Lorraine||Radiolites||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||146356||10-in.||5/28/1928||Sweet Lorraine||Lou Gold Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||C2121||10-in.||7/23/1928||Sweet Lorraine||Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E29492||10-in.||Mar. 1929||I never guessed||Copley Plaza Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer, songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Burwell, Cliff," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111187.
Burwell, Cliff. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111187.
"Burwell, Cliff." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.
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