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Duke Ellington

Duke EllingtonAKA Edward Kennedy Ellington

Born: 29-Apr-1899
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Died: 24-May-1974
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Jazz Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing

Wrote It Don't Mean a Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing with Irving Mills.

Father: James Edward Ellington
Mother: Daisy Kennedy
Sister: Ruth Ellington Boatwright (younger sister, d. 6-Mar-2004 at age 88)
Wife: Edna Thompson (m. 2-Jul-1918, div., one son)
Son: Mercer Kennedy Ellington (b. 11-Mar-1919, d. 8-Feb-1996)
Wife: Mildred Dixon (separated)
Girlfriend: Beatrice Ellis ("Evie", cohabited as common-law wife)

    High School: Armstrong High School (1917)

    The Duke Ellington Orchestra
    Pulitzer Prize 1999 (special citation)
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969
    French Legion of Honor 1973
    Spingarn Medal 1959
    Grammy 1959 for Anatomy of a Murder (soundtrack)
    Grammy 1966 (lifetime achievement)
    Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978
    Songwriters Hall of Fame 1971
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6535 Hollywood Blvd. (recording)
    Hernia Operation (1-Jul-1938)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Cabin in the Sky (9-Apr-1943) · Himself
    Reveille with Beverly (4-Feb-1943)
    Belle of the Nineties (21-Sep-1934)
    Murder at the Vanities (18-May-1934) · Himself
    Check and Double Check (3-Oct-1930) · Himself

Appears on postage stamps:
USA, Scott #2211 (22 cents, issued 29-Apr-1986)


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