Sonny Burke

Sonny Burke

Real Name:
Joseph Francis Burke
Producer, songwriter and Big Band leader, born March 22, 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania; died May 31, 1980 in Santa Monica, California. Also credited for writing Liner Notes.
Note: For funk - soul - jazz keyboardist, use Sonny Burke (2).
Do not confuse with songwriter Johnny Burke or Joe Burke (3).

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

He is credited as co-composer of "Midnight Sun", the Lionel Hampton tune with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. He was an active arranger and 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.

His song titles are listed at both BMI (with 61 titles) and ASCAP (with 210 titles).
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Sonny Burke Discography


391722 François Périer Les Cha Cha Chats Siamois and 1 more… François Périer - La Belle et le Clochard(LP, Gat) Disneyland 391722 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
ZZCD 9810 Fiona Clifton-Welker Disney Medley-Bella Notte Fiona Clifton-Welker - Moments From The Movies(CD) Zah Zah ZZCD 9810 UK 1998 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

00000 The Collegians Lover The Collegians - Selections from the Collegians(10", Ltd) Not On Label 00000 USA & Canada 1952 Sell This Version


WB 66 018-2 Various Bonnie And Clyde (From The Motion Picture and 2 more… Various - The Most Beautiful Film Themes(2xLP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records WB 66 018-2 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
72434-94749-0-1 Mel Tormé Goodbye Mel Tormé - A (Musical) Anthology(CD, Comp) Capitol Records 72434-94749-0-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
PLATCD 940 Ella Fitzgerald Crying Ella Fitzgerald - Lady Ella(CD, Comp) Prism Leisure PLATCD 940 2003 Sell This Version