Duke Ellington - the 1940's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 153:

Edmund Anderson came over with Ted Grouya and their new song entitled "Flamingo." I listened and liked it, and gave it to [Billy] Strayhorn right away so that he could prepare it for Herb Jeffries to sing. The orchestration he did on "Flamingo" was, in my opinion, a turning point in vocal background orchestration, a renaissance in elaborate ornamentation for the accompaniment of singers. It soon caught on and became a big hit. Since then, other arrangers have become more and more daring, but Billy Strayhorn really started it all with "Flamingo."

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 153. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429381842678 accessed: 20 May, 2024


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

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written by Strayhorn, Ted Grouya, Edmund Anderson
performed by Herb Jeffries

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:30:42 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:29:29 +0100