picture of Sonny Burke

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.


Birth Sign
Delmark DD 424
recorded March 1969 in USA
George Freeman, guitar
Von Freeman, tenor sax
Sonny Burke, organ
Billy Mitchell, drums
Doin' What We Wanna
Atlantic SD 1551
recorded November 1969 in Chicago/IL, USA
Clarence Wheeler, tenor sax
Sonny Burke, organ
George Hughes, drums
Sonny Covington, trumpet, cowbell, tambourine

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