Joe Burke

Genres: World Music

Biography

16 March 1884, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 9 June 1950, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA. Burke was an important popular composer from the 20s through to the late 40s. He played the piano in school orchestras and studied at the University of Philadelphia, before working for music publishers in Philadelphia and New York. Although he had some success in 1916 with one of his first compositions, ‘Down Honolulu Way’, with a lyric by Earl Burnett, Burke’s first hit came in 1925 with ‘Oh, How I Miss You Tonight’, written with Benny Davis and Mark Fisher. The song became a bestseller for Ben Selvin, and the Benson Orchestra of Chicago, among others. Frank Sinatra revived the hit nearly 40 years later on All Alone. Selvin had a success with another Burke-Davis song, ‘Carolina Moon’, which, over the years, became a familiar favourite, and gave Connie Francis a UK number 1 in 1958. He also wrote ‘Baby Your Mother (Like Your...

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