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Duke Ellington

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David Windmiller

on 16 April 2013

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Duke Ellington By: Will Lowry & David Windmiller Duke Ellington was born on April 29, 1899. He was raised by two musically talented parents. Duke died on May 24, 1974 in New York at 75 years of age. His real name was not Duke Ellington. His real name was Edward Kennedy Ellington. He got the nickname Duke because of his gentlemen like ways when he was kid. Some called Duke Ellington the "Jazz Legend". He began career in Washington D.C. in 1917. He formed a band in 1918. Duke started playing professional at the young age of 18. His career lasted more than half a century. He called his music American dream instead of jazz. Most even considered him as the most well known African American songwriter in the twentieth century. Some songs by Duke Ellington are: Take the "A" Train, It don't Mean a Thing, The Mooche, Mood Indigo, Rockin' in Rythem, Come Sunday , Solitude, In a Sentimental Mood, and many more. He called his music American music. In his songs he liked to describe those who impressed him. http://www.artistdirect.com/video/duke-ellington-the-mooche/46767 Duke was the most prolific writer
of the twentieth century. Most even considered him as the most well known African American songwriter in the twentieth century. Meaning that he wrote many productive songs. Some say he is considered to be Americas greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist. The End
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