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.
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.