Burke and Spina
Irving Berlin Publishing transferred Burke to its New York City office, where he began to write lyrics in collaboration with composer Harold Spina. In 1932, they wrote "Shadows on the Swanee"
, followed in 1933 by "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
, their first big hit for the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. In 1934, Burke and Spina wrote "You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew"
, which was a novelty hit for Fats Waller, as was "My Very Good Friend, the Milkman"
. Burke and Spina wrote many songs that were played by leading bands of the day, including those led by Ben Pollack, Paul Whiteman and Ozzie Nelson. 1936 saw the end of the Burke - Spina partnership, as Burke left for Hollywood.
Burke in Hollywood
Burke's first partner in Hollywood was Arthur Johnston. He then worked with Jimmy Monaco, but he was to make his mark in collaboration with Jimmy Van Heusen.
The team of Burke and Van Heusen turned out some of the great hit tunes of the 1940s. Burke signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1939, and spent his entire career with just one studio. Burke's primary function as a lyricist was working on Bing Crosby films. Of the 41 films on which he worked, 25 starred Bing Crosby. Seventeen songs were substantial hits, including "Pennies from Heaven"
, "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams"
, "Only Forever"
, "Moonlight Becomes You"
and Sunday, Monday, or Always
In 1939, Burke wrote the lyrics for "Scatterbrain"
, with music by Frankie Masters and "What's New?"
with Bob Haggart (1914–1998). In 1955, Burke added lyrics to a standard by "cool" jazz pianist Erroll Garner
. Burke also wrote the words and music to the Nat King Cole song "If Love Ain't There."
The 1956 film, The Vagabond King
was Burke's last Hollywood work. Eight years later, he died in New York City from a heart attack at the age of 55.
Awards and honors
Burke and Van Heusen's song "Swinging on a Star"
, from the Bing Crosby film 'Going My Way
, won an Academy Award for Best Song in 1944, one of seven Academy Awards won by the film. Burke was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
In 1995, Burke's life was depicted in the Broadway musical revue, "Swinging on a Star"
Burke was married four times. He was married to Mary Mason in the '60s, who played Liesl in The Sound of Music
on Broadway, and they had a daughter. He was married to Bess Patterson from 1939-1955, and they had three children.
Among the landmarks of Burke's songwriting career were:
- with Harold Spina:
- "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
- "You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew"
- "My Very Good Friend, the Milkman"
- "Shadows on the Swanee"
- "The Beat of My Heart"
- "Now You've Got Me Doing It"
- "I've Got a Warm Spot in My Heart for You"
- with Arthur Johnston:
- "Pennies from Heaven"
- "One Two, Button Your Shoe"
- "Double or Nothing"
- "The Moon Got in My Eyes"
- "All You Want to Do Is Dance"
- with Jimmy Monaco:
- "Only Forever"
- "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams"
- "Don't Let That Moon Get Away"
- "An Apple for the Teacher"
- "On the Sentimental Side"
- "My Heart Is Taking Lessons"
- "That Sly Old Gentleman from Featherbed Lane"
- "Sing a Song of Sunbeams"
- "East Side of Heaven"
- "Where the Turf Meets the Surf" (with Bing Crosby)
- with Jimmy Van Heusen:
- "Too Romantic"
- "Sweet Potato Piper"
- "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"
- "Moonlight Becomes You"
- "Sunday, Monday, or Always"
- "Going My Way"
- "Swinging on a Star"
- "It Could Happen to You"
- "And His Rockin' Horse Ran Away"
- "The First One Hundred Years"
- "But Beautiful"
- "Apalachicola, Fla"
- "Here's That Rainy Day" (from the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders)
- "It's an Old Spanish Custom" (from Carnival In Flanders)
- "Oh, You Crazy Moon"
- "To See You Is to Love You"
- "Suddenly It's Spring"
- "Like Someone in Love"
- "(We're Off on the) Road to Morocco"
- "You May Not Love Me"
- "It's Always You"
El contenido de este artículo ha sido extraído de la Wikipedia en inglés bajo licencia Creative Commons.
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