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29 November 2010


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I'm a HUGE Billy Strayhorn fan after being turned on to "And His Mother Called Him Bill." All fans of the Duke owe a big debt of thanks to Billy. Happy Birthday Billy! and thanks for this!

Thanks very much, Susana. Glad you liked the post.

I agree about "And His Mother Called Him Bill." I had the LP when I was a teenager, but lost it somewhere over the years. I've just bought a new one -- a vinyl reissue. It's as wonderful as I remember it being. And, at the end, when Ellington plays one of Strayhorn's songs alone at the piano, it's heartbreaking.

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