Born in Rogersville, New Brunswick, Johnny Burke moved to Toronto in the early 1960’s where he first gained fame as a member of The Blue Valley Boys, and The Maple River Boys working as the house band on CTV’s Carl Smith’s Country Music Hall television series.
From 1968 through 1975 Johnny Burke headed up the Caribou Showband, and hosted the popular TV series At The Caribou. That unit eventually became the popular Canadian recording act and touring band, Johnny Burke & Eastwind. The band also became regulars on the radio series The Opry North Show. Burke also enjoyed great success as a solo recording artist, and with the band Johnny Burke & Eastwind, with releases on the Columbia, Caribou, Grand Slam, Broadland and Acclaim record labels.
His early career solo releases included three Top 10 hits for Columbia in 1967 including the hit, “I Can’t Even Do Wrong Right”. The 1977 Johnny Burke & Eastwind single “Wild Honey” was one of the most played records on Canadian country radio in the late 70’s-early 80’s. Johnny Burke continues to perform regularly, often teaming up with Hall of Famer Myrna Lorrie, and longtime music partner Harold MacIntyre in a Canadian Country Legends package show.