Burke, Sonny, 1914-1980

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Big band leader and arranger during the 1940's and 1950's.

From the description of Sonny Burke papers, 1949-1951 and undated [195-?] (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 35199576

  • 1914, March 22: Born Joseph Francis Burke in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1937: Graduated from Duke University
  • 1930's - 1940's : Big band leader in New York (including Sam Donahue's band)
  • 1940's - 1950's : Band arranger, including Charlie Spivak & Jimmy Dorsey bands Is credited as co-composer of Midnight Sun, the Lionel Hampton tune with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Active as an arranger & 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 Bandleader for recordings of leading singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme.
  • 1980, May 31: Died
Partial discography: Sonny Burke plays Mambos (1951) Sonny Burke and his Orchestra I & II (1951) The Sonny Burke-Don Elliott Six (ca. 1960)

Further biographical information may be found in: The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music.Chester, CT: New England Pub. Associates. 1992, v. 1, p. 368.

From the guide to the Sonny Burke Papers, and undated, ca. 1949-1951, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Dale, C. Shelby. Johnny Long Orchestra Scrapbook, 1931-1990 Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf University of California, Los Angeles. University Extension. John Edwards memorial collection, 1964. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn The Benny Goodman Papers, 1910-1992, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Sonny Burke Papers, and undated, ca. 1949-1951 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Burke, Sonny, 1914-1980. Sonny Burke papers, 1949-1951 and undated Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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associatedWith Bob person
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associatedWith Dale, C. Shelby. person
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associatedWith Decca Records (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Don person
associatedWith Frank Erickson. person
associatedWith George Kaitz person
associatedWith Goodman, Benny, 1909- person
associatedWith Hugo person
associatedWith J. Bodewalt Lampe person
associatedWith Jimmy person
associatedWith Juan person
associatedWith Mac person
associatedWith Macbeth person
associatedWith Mickey person
associatedWith Ollie person
associatedWith Paul person
associatedWith Pete person
associatedWith Ray person
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles. University Extension. corporateBody
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United States
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Jazz musicians
Jazz--1951-1960
Jazz--1941-1950
Big band music
Big bands
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Birth 1914-03-22

Death 1980-05-31

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