DEAD: Duke Ellington

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Duke Ellington (aged 75)
American jazz musician, composer and band leader

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than fifty years.

DEATH: Ellington died on May 24, 1974, of complications from lung cancer and pneumonia, a few weeks after his 75th birthday. At his funeral, attended by over 12,000 people at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Ella Fitzgerald summed up the occasion: “It’s a very sad day. A genius has passed.”

He was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, New York City.

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