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Reginald "Sonny" Burke
Sonny studied violin and piano and played in various bands in the late 30's. 1938, he moved to New York, where he started his career as a band leader. He wrote arrangements for Jimmy Dorsey and founded an orchestra of his own. With his orchestra, he had much success in accompanying greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Sonny dies in May 1980.


Doin' What We Wanna
Atlantic SD 1551
released 1970
recorded November 1969 in Chicago/IL, USA
Clarence Wheeler, tenor sax
Sonny Burke, organ
George Hughes, drums
Sonny Covington, trumpet, cowbell, tambourine
Birth Sign
Delmark DS-424
released 1972
recorded March 1969 in Chicago, IL/USA
George Freeman, guitar
Von Freeman, tenor sax
Sonny Burke, organ
Billy Mitchell, drums
The New Chicago Blues
Atlantic SD 1636
released 1973
recorded September 1972 in Chicago, IL/USA
Clarence Wheeler, tenor sax
Sonny Covington, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion
Frank Gordon, trumpet
Larry Frazier, guitar
Buddy Guy, guitar
Sonny Burke, organ, piano
Kenny Prince, organ
Junior Wells, harmonica
Louis Satterfield, bass
George Hughes, drums
Billy James, drums
Bill Leathers, drums
Master Henry, percussion, congas
Brenda Lee Eager, vocals
Peaches, vocals

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