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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 (Results 26-36 of 36 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-36 of 36 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Strayhorn, Billy," accessed December 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103202.

Strayhorn, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103202.

"Strayhorn, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 December 2021.

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

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