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Mercer Ellington

Mercer Kennedy Ellington (March 11, 1919 – February 8, 1996) was an American musician, composer, and arranger. His father was Duke Ellington, whose band Mercer led for 20 years after his father's death.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 11, 1919 (Washington, D.C.), Died February 8, 1996 (Copenhagen)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, mellophone

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-053782 10-in. 12/28/1940 The girl in my dreams tries to look like you Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-055284 10-in. 2/15/1941 Jumpin' punkins Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-055285 10-in. 2/15/1941 John Hardy's wife Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-055286 10-in. 2/15/1941 Blue serge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061348 10-in. 7/3/1941 Things ain't what they used to be Johnny Hodges Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor PBS-061688 10-in. 9/29/1941 Brown suede Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-070684 10-in. 1/21/1942 Moon mist Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D5VB-0518 10-in. 7/30/1945 Things ain't what they used to be Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Decca 102955 7/23/1957 Star dust The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, mellophone  
Decca 102956 7/23/1957 Stormy weather The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, mellophone  
Decca 103166 8/27/1957 Cherry The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, mellophone  
Decca 103172 8/27/1957 Honeysuckle rose The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler instrumentalist, mellophone  
Decca 105297 7/14/1958 Steppin' into swing society Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105298 7/14/1958 Black butterfly Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105299 7/14/1958 Got my foot in the door Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105300 7/17/1958 Indelible Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105301 7/17/1958 Ruint Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105302 7/17/1958 Frolic Sam Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105303 7/17/1958 Be patient Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105304 7/22/1958 If you were in my place Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105305 7/22/1958 The gal from Joe's Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105306 7/22/1958 Afternoon moon Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105307 7/22/1958 Broadway babe Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 105308 7/22/1958 Yearning for love Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106805 3/16/1959 Cherry pink Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106806 3/16/1959 Azure Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106807 3/16/1959 Little white lies Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106808 3/18/1959 Coral rock Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106809 3/18/1959 Aqua-tonic Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106810 3/18/1959 Maroon Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106811 3/18/1959 Black and tan fantasy Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106812 3/18/1959 Mood indigo Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106813 3/18/1959 Blue serge Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106814 3/18/1959 Golden cress Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106815 3/18/1959 The moon was yellow Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  
Decca 106816 3/18/1959 Down of a greenhorn Mercer Ellington Orchestra leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ellington, Mercer," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103845.

Ellington, Mercer. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103845.

"Ellington, Mercer." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103845

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