Billy Strayhorn

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Birthday
29, 1915
Birthplace
Dayton, OH
Death Date
May 31, 1967 (51)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
29, 1915
Birthplace
Dayton, OH
Death Date
May 31, 1967 (51)

About

Jazz artist known for this three-decade collaboration with Duke Ellington.

Before Fame

He studied piano in grade school and worked odd jobs so that he could purchase his own piano.

Trivia

He spent most of his life in Ellington's shadow, but jazz aficionados regarded his compositions Lush Life, Take the "A" Train, and Chelsea Bridge as classics.

Family Life

He spent most of his childhood with his grandparents because of his father's problems with alcohol. His grandmother cultivated a great love for music within him, and he spent most of his time playing hymns on her piano and listening to records on her Victrola record player.

Associated With

His work with Ellington on 1959's Anatomy of a Murder, directed by Otto Preminger and starring James Stewart, was heralded for its non-diegetic music.