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Billy Strayhorn

William Thomas Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, who collaborated with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington for nearly three decades. His compositions include "Take the 'A' Train", "Chelsea Bridge", "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing", and "Lush Life".

Birth and Death Data: Born November 29, 1915 (Dayton), Died May 31, 1967 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, arranger, lyricist, celeste

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-044887 10-in. 3/6/1940 You, you darlin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano, arranger  
Victor BS-044891 10-in. 3/7/1940 So far, so good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo arranger  
Victor PBS-049655 10-in. 5/4/1940 Cotton tail Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger  
Victor BS-053603 10-in. 11/2/1940 Day dream Johnny Hodges Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-053622 10-in. 11/11/1940 Lament for Javanette Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-053624 10-in. 11/11/1940 Ready Eddy Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-053781 10-in. 12/28/1940 Flamingo Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-054607 10-in. 7/22/1940 At a Dixie roadside diner Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo arranger  
Victor BS-054625 10-in. 7/24/1940 Sepia panorama Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger  
Victor PBS-055283 10-in. 2/15/1941 Take the "A" train Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, composer  
Victor PBS-055287 10-in. 2/15/1941 After all Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, composer  
Victor PBS-061266 10-in. 5/28/1941 Take the 'A' train Glenn Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061285 10-in. 6/5/1941 Just a-settin' and a-rockin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061319 10-in. 6/26/1941 I got it bad and that ain't good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo arranger  
Victor PBS-061338 10-in. 7/2/1941 Clementine Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, arranger  
Victor PBS-061347 10-in. 7/3/1941 Passion flower Johnny Hodges Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061685 10-in. 9/26/1941 Rocks in my bed Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061687 10-in. 9/26/1941 Chelsea Bridge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061689 10-in. 9/29/1941 Noir bleu Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061941 10-in. 12/2/1941 Raincheck Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor PBS-061942 10-in. 12/2/1941 What good would it do? Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor E0FB-5270 10-in. 8/15/1950 Tren expreso Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D6VB-1518 10-in. 1/10/1946 Tonk Duke Ellington ; Billy Strayhorn Piano duet instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor D7VB-0520 10-in. 4/24/1947 Take the A train Delta Rhythm Boys Male vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia CO45830 10-in. 5/24/1951 The eighth veil Cat Anderson ; Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Duke Ellington Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Strayhorn, Billy," accessed June 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103202.

Strayhorn, Billy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103202.

"Strayhorn, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103202

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