Duke Ellington

Jazz Legend


Duke Ellington had many impacts on the world. He was a major influencer of ragtime an d jazz. He was also known as the King of Jazz. Duke set many standards, like the three minute 78 RPM recording. When Ellington died, over 12,000 people attended his funeral.

Fun Facts

  • Duke Ellington composed for than 2000 pieces of music
  • Duke married his high school sweetheart, Edna Thompson
  • He started piano at age 7 because of encouragement of his very musical parents. He was very good at it, but didn't enjoy it so he gave it up.
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Duke Ellington Biography