Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington: 1939 - 1940

Episode 11

Episode date - May 28, 2021

How Music Changed

    At the dawn of the ‘40s, three propitious events forever altered the path of Duke Ellington’s career.

    First, he changed management, signing on with the rather huge (and rather exclusive) William Morris agency. Second, he met and virtually adopted Billy Strayhorn as a co-arranger and songwriter. Third, bandmembers rotated once again, bringing his band to new artistic (and commercial) heights.

    Featured tracks include:

    Rose of the Rio Grande

    Lambeth Walk

    Prelude to a Kiss

    Just Good Fun

    Pussy Willow

    Mood Indigo

    Sophisticated Lady

    You, You Darlin’

    Jack the Bear


    Morning Glory

    So Far, So Good

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