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date: 16 November 2019

Burke, Johnny locked

  • Jeffrey Green

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(b Antioch, CA, Oct 3, 1908; d New York, NY, Feb 25, 1964). American lyricist and pianist. Burke was raised in Chicago, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He joined Irving Berlin’s Chicago office in 1926, moving on to New York where he worked with several composers, notably Jimmy Van Heusen. Burke contributed to many Paramount movies, including over 20 with Bing Crosby. He wrote lyrics to classic songs including “Pennies from Heaven” (with Arthur Johnston, for Crosby’s film of that name, 1936), and “An Apple for the Teacher” (with Johnny Monaco, 1939). He collaborated with Van Heusen on “Swinging on a Star” (which won the pair an Oscar, 1944), “Moonlight Becomes You” for Crosby’s Road to Morocco (1942), and “To see you is to love you” (Crosby, Road to Bali, 1952), as well as the lyrics to Errol Garner’s “Misty” (...

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