Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was born in 1899 and died in 1974. He was born in Washington D.C., and became famous. He washed dishes as a young man, but later became the leader of a band. Duke Ellington first performed at his high school dances and then performed at parties. Later after he moved to New York City, he performed at the Kentucky Club, The Cotton Club, and at last Carnegie Hall.
Some of his famous songs are "Take the A-Train", "Ko-Ko", "It Don't Mean a Thing if You Don't Got That Swing". One interesting fact about him was that he led an orchestra that featured many of the best soloists in jazz. Another interesting fact is that he composed over 3000 songs.
Book Title: Duke Ellington: The Prince and His Orchestra
Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Encyclopedia Title: World Book
Article Title: Duke Ellington
Website Title: About Duke Ellington