Sonny Burke

Sonny Burke (born Joseph Francis Burke; March 22, 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania – May 31, 1980) was an American musical arranger, composer, Big Band leader and producer. In 1937, he graduated from Duke University, where he had formed and led the jazz big band known as the Duke Ambassadors.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 22nd, 1914 (Scranton), Died May 31st, 1980 (Santa Monica)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, leader, piano, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71694 10-in. 1/19/1944 Holiday for strings-1 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra arranger  
Decca 71774 10-in. 2/16/1944 The champ-1 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3951 10-in. 9/6/1945 Come to baby do-1 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 6396 8/28/1951 Happiness is this Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6397 8/28/1951 Cocoanuts Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6398 8/28/1951 Mr. President Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6399 8/28/1951 Three cornered tune Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6432 9/13/1951 Balboa Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6433 9/13/1951 Fugue for tinhorns Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6434 9/13/1951 Mr. Pessimist Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6435 9/13/1951 The grabber Sonny Burke Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca L 6533 11/26/1951 Baby doll Ella Fitzgerald arranger, leader  
Decca L 6534 11/26/1951 What does it take? Ella Fitzgerald arranger, leader  
Decca L 6535 11/26/1951 Lady bug Ella Fitzgerald arranger, leader  
Decca L 6536 11/26/1951 Lazy day Ella Fitzgerald arranger, leader  
Decca L 6597 1/17/1952 I'll always be following you Sonny Burke Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca L 6598 1/17/1952 I wanna love you Sonny Burke Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca L 6599 1/17/1952 [Unknown title(s)] Sonny Burke Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca L 6600 1/17/1952 (Me with) Mambo on my mind Sonny Burke Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca L 6605 1/17/1952 Blacksmith blues Sonny Burke Orchestra arranger, leader  
Decca L 7564 2/15/1954 Space control Ed Kemmer ; Bela Kovacs ; Lyn Osborn arranger, composer  
Decca L 7565 2/15/1954 Up, ship and away Ed Kemmer ; Bela Kovacs ; Lyn Osborn arranger, composer  
Decca L 7566 2/15/1954 Buzz becomes commander in chief, part 1 Ed Kemmer ; Bela Kovacs ; Lyn Osborn arranger, composer  
Decca L 7567 2/15/1954 Cadet Happy joins Commander Corry, part 1 Ed Kemmer ; Bela Kovacs ; Lyn Osborn arranger, composer  
Decca L 7598 3/9/1954 Buzz becomes commander in chief, part 2 Ed Kemmer ; Bela Kovacs ; Lyn Osborn arranger  
(Results 1-25 of 32 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Burke, Sonny," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201296.

Burke, Sonny. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201296.

"Burke, Sonny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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