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Billy Strayhorn
Original name: William Thomas Strayhorn
Birth: Nov. 29, 1915
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 31, 1967
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Jazz composer, arranger and pianist. Worked primarily with Duke Ellington, and wrote or co-wrote Ellington standards such as "Lush Life," "Satin Doll," "Take The 'A' Train," "Passion Flower," "Day Dream," "Johnny Come Lately," and others. His career is chronicled in the biography "Lush Life," by David Hadju. Ellington wrote after Strayhorn's death: "He was not, as he was often referred to by many, my alter ego. He was my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brainwaves in his head and his in mine." 
Family links: 
  James Nathaniel Strayhorn (1891 - 1963)
  Lillian Young Strayhorn (1892 - 1966)
  Aaron Bridgers (1918 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered at the 79th Street boat basin near the foot of New York City's Riverside Park
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jun 18, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 9992
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