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Johnny Burke


Legendary lyricist, Johnny Burke, is one of the great writers of standards, responsible for some of the most memorable songs from the 1940s through the 1960s. 

Among his best known are three that stand among ASCAP’s Top 3 performed songs of all time: The evergreen “Misty” (popularized by Johnny Mathis and covered more than 100 times), “Polkadots And Moonbeams,” and “Imagination.” 

Also wildly popular are Marlene Dietrich’s version of “Annie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” Mel Tormé’s rendition of “Don’t Let The Moon Get Away,” Louis Armstrong’s version of “On The Sentimental Side,” a long list of Sinatra favorites including “Devil May Care,” “Oh, You Crazy Moon,” and several classics by the incomparable Billie Holliday, including “Let’s Call A Heart A Heart” and “One Two Button Your Shoe.” 

Burke’s “What’s New?” was a smash when first recorded by Sinatra and Dinah Washington in the 1950s and again in the 1980s, when Linda Rondstadt made it the title track and first single from her critically and commercially hailed big band album. Both Nat King Cole and daughter Natalie covered the beautiful “If Love Ain’t There.” 

Spirit manages the entire catalog of some 300 titles. Most recently, “Here’s That Rainy Day” got a play on 'Tuesdays With Morrie' on the Oprah Winfrey Network and “Imagination” was featured in PBS’ 'Rock, Pop & Doo Wop' special. 


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