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Billy Strayhorn

William Thomas Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best remembered for his long-time collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington that lasted 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 29th, 1915 (Dayton), Died May 31st, 1967 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1958

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

Recordings

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 arranger, instrumentalist, piano  
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 arranger, composer  
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 instrumentalist, piano, arranger, composer  
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 instrumentalist, piano, composer  
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  
Decca 88142 6/14/1955 Something to live for-1 Carmen McRae instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 102955 7/23/1957 Star dust The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 102956 7/23/1957 Stormy weather The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 102957 7/23/1957 Nobody knows the trouble I've seen The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 102958 7/23/1957 On a slow boat to China The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103165 8/27/1957 Trees The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103166 8/27/1957 Cherry The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103167 8/27/1957 Ol' man river The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103168 8/27/1957 Summertime The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103169 8/27/1957 White Christmas The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 103172 8/27/1957 Honeysuckle rose The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 105297 7/14/1958 Steppin' into swing society Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 105298 7/14/1958 Black butterfly Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 105299 7/14/1958 Got my foot in the door Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Strayhorn, Billy," accessed December 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103202.

Strayhorn, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103202.

"Strayhorn, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 December 2021.

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

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