Duke Ellington - 1941

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 216-219:

I first met Joya Sherrill backstage at the Paradise Theatre in Detroit during 1941. I asked her recently to refresh my memory with some details of our very happy musical association, and she remembers it like this:

"I had written a set of lyrics to ‘Take the "A" Train’ and had come to the theatre to sing it for you. I had no thought of singing with your band, but only hoped you would like the lyrics I had written.

"You called Billy Strayhorn to the piano. He played, I sang, and you listened. After I had finished, you asked me to sing something else, and I sang …   more >>

cite as

Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 216-219. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429447688542 accessed: 22 April, 2024


Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]

Experience Information

Date/Time 1941
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:48:08 +0100
Approved on Wed, 17 May 2017 10:29:08 +0100