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 Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn

Original Name William Thomas
Birth
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Death 31 May 1967 (aged 51)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered at the 79th Street boat basin near the foot of New York City's Riverside Park
Memorial ID 9992 · View Source
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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."


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 18 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9992
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Billy Strayhorn (29 Nov 1915–31 May 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9992, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered at the 79th Street boat basin near the foot of New York City's Riverside Park.