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date: 17 November 2019

Burke, Joe [Joseph A. ]locked

  • Jonas Westover

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[Joseph A. ]

(b March 18, 1884, Philadelphia, PA; d Upper Darby, PA, June 9, 1950). American composer and pianist. Burke studied the piano as a child, and also played the violin in his high school orchestra. After attending the University of Pennsylvania, he became connected with local music publishers, eventually moving to New York in the mid-1910s. He is best known for his work during the 1920s and 30s. Burke wrote music during the height of the Tin Pan Alley era, teaming with several different lyricists, with his breakout song being “Yearning” (1925), with words by Benny Davis. Working alongside Al Dubin, however, brought Burke his greatest fame; the two wrote “Tip Toe through the Tulips” and “Painting the Clouds with Sunshine,” both of which were featured in the film Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929). “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes,” also with Dubin, was turned into a smash hit by Rudy Vallee in ...

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