Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Duke Ellington among greatest composers, musicians
Edward Kennedy Ellington, Born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C., by the time of his passing in 1974 he was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians.
The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He played for the royalty and for the common people and by the end of his 50-year career, he had played over 20,000 performances worldwide.
He was The Duke, Duke Ellington.