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Cliff Burwell

Clifford R. Burwell

Pianist, Composer

(1898 - 1977)

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Cliff Burwell was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He studied piano during high school and later received formal training in composition, counterpoint and harmony. Burwell played piano with popular orchestras, most notably with Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees. He is best known for his composition “Sweet Lorraine” (1928) which was fit with lyrics by Mitchell Parish and popularized by Vallee’s earlier group Rudy Vallee and His Heigh-Ho Yale Collegians.

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