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Duke Ellington (1899–1974)


Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra by 1918, and came to New York in 1923, appearing ... See full bio »

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 2016 Darker Than You Think (performer: "Take the A Train", "Sophisticated Lady") / (writer: "Sophisticated Lady") (announced)
 2013 The Swing of Things (Short) (performer: "Take the A Train") (completed)
 2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Paul McCartney/Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga (2014) ... (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
  Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2011 - 2014) (performer - 2 episodes, 2014)
- Eldorado (2014) ... (writer: "Mood Indigo" - uncredited)
- Devil You Know (2014) ... (performer: "Sam and Delilah" - uncredited)
- The Good Listener (2014) ... (performer: "Hittin' the Bottle", "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" - uncredited) / (writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy", "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" - uncredited)
- Gimcrack and Bunkum (2011) ... (writer: "Sweet Mama (Papa's Getting Mad)" - uncredited)
 2014 The 50 Year Argument (Documentary) (writer: "Mood Indigo")
 2014 Whiplash (writer: "Caravan")
 2013 No Kaddish in Carmarthen (Short) (performer: "Take The A Train")
 2013 American Hustle (performer: "Jeep's Blues") / (writer: "Jeep's Blues")
  Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode, 2013) (writer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2013) (music - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011)
- Two-Night Finale: First Night (2013) ... (writer: "Diga Diga Doo")
- Hollywood Night (2013) ... (writer: "Diga Diga Doo")
- Week 2 (2013) ... ("It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
- Round Two (2011) ... (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
- Round Nine: Results (2009) ... (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" - uncredited)
 2013 American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Axeman Cometh (2013) ... (performer: "New Orleans Low-down" - uncredited)
  The Mark of Beauty (TV Series) (1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013) (music - 1 episode, 2013)
- Watashi no Fujisan (2013) ... (writer: "Caravan")
- Nagasaki (2013) ... ("Black and Tan Fantasy")
- Chikurin (2013) ... (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)")
 2013 42 (performer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore") / (writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 2012 Three Vignettes (Video short) (writer: "Jubilee Stomp")
 2012/I Gambit (writer: "East St. Louis Toodle Oo")
 2012 The Artist and the Model (performer: "Caravan")
 2012 The Master (performer: "Dancers in Love", "Lotus Blossom") / (writer: "Dancers in Love")
 2012 Ginger & Rosa (performer: "Take the A Train")
  Breaking Bad (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Say My Name (2012) ... (performer: "Overture" - uncredited) / (writer: "Overture" - uncredited)
 2012 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Murder in the Dark (2012) ... (performer: "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) written by nm0254153)
 2012 American Idol (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Final Judgment, Part 1 (2012) ... (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.8 (2012) ... (writer: "Mood Indigo")
 2011 Friends with Kids (writer: "Angelica")
 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #18.177 (2011) ... (writer: "Caravan" - uncredited)
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Top 16 Perform (2011) ... (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
- Top 14 (2005) ... (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 2011/I The Artist ("Jubilee Stomp") / (performer: "Jubilee Stomp")
 2011 The Fairy (performer: "Little Max", "Blues in orbit") / (writer: "Little Max", "Blues in orbit")
 2011 Magic Trip (Documentary) (performer: "In A Sentimental Mood") / (writer: "In A Sentimental Mood")
 2010 On Tour (writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy")
 2010 The Pacific (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Peleliu Landing (2010) ... (writer: "Solitude")
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (music: "Satin Doll") / (performer: "Satin Doll")
  The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009) ... (performer: "Creole Love Call", "Jubilee Stomp", "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo") / (writer: "Creole Love Call", "Jubilee Stomp", "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo")
 2009/I Up in the Air (writer: "Mood Indigo" (1931) - as Edward Ellington)
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (writer: "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life", "I've Got Those Lost My Man Blues" - uncredited)
 2009 He's Just Not That Into You (writer: "Sophisticated Lady")
 2008 Eli Stone (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Grace (2008) ... (writer: "Hit Me With a Hot Note" - uncredited)
 2008 Two Lovers (writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" (1931))
 2008 A Christmas Tale (performer: "Fleurette africaine" (African Flower), "Ad Lib On Nippon") / (writer: "Fleurette africaine" (African Flower), "Ad Lib On Nippon")
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) (performer: "Take the "A" Train")
 2008 X Factor (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.10 (2008) ... (music: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing")
 2008 Be Kind Rewind (writer: "Solitude")
 2007 The Great Debaters (writer: "Delta Serenade" - as Edward Ellington)
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (music - 2 episodes, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007) (performer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007) ... (music: "In a Mellow Tone", "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (uncredited))
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing") / (writer: "Old Man Blues")
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (performer: "Blowin' in the Wind")
 2007 Melba Moore: Live in Concert (Video) (writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 2007 Great Performances (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song (2007) ... (music: "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me")
 2007 Ocean's Thirteen (writer: "Caravan" (1937))
  The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 2007) (performer - 1 episode, 2007)
- The Second Coming (2007) ... (writer: "Caravan" - uncredited)
- Kennedy and Heidi (2007) ... (performer: "Sophisticated Lady") / (writer: "Sophisticated Lady")
- Walk Like a Man (2007) ... (writer: "Mood Indigo")
 2007/II Ella (Documentary short) (music: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING)") / (performer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING)")
 2007 Does Your Soul Have a Cold? (Documentary) (writer: "Solitude")
 2007 King of California (writer: "In A Sentimental Mood (inst)")
 2005 Munich (writer: "Prelude to a Kiss" - as Edward "Duke" Ellington)
 2005 Rumor Has It... (performer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light") / (writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light")
 2005 The White Countess (music: "Mood Indigo" (1930))
 2005 Prime (performer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD") / (writer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD")
 2005 Stranded in Canton (Documentary) (writer: "Sophisticated lady")
 2005 Breakfast on Pluto (writer: "Caravan" (1937))
 2005 The Lost City (performer: "Limbo Jazz") / (writer: "Limbo Jazz")
 2004-2005 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Best Friends (2005) ... (performer: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
- Factory Girls (2004) ... (performer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes, 2004) (writer - 2 episodes, 2004)
- The Political Dr. Seuss (2004) ... (performer: "Black and Tan Fantasy) / (writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy - as D. Ellington)
- A Place of Our Own (2004) ... (performer: "Old Man Blues") / (writer: "Old Man Blues" - as Edward Kennedy Ellington)
 2004 Melinda and Melinda (music: "In a Mellow Tone" (1939), "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (1942), "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" (1938)) / (performer: "Take The 'A' Train" (1941), "In a Mellow Tone" (1939), "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart" (1938))
 2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (writer: "I'm a Just a Lucky So & So")
 2004 The Notebook (writer: "Alabamy Home" (1937))
 2004 Rosemary Clooney: Singing at Her Best (Video short) (writer: "I'm Checkin' Out, Goom-bye")
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
  Angels in America (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Part 1 Millennium Approaches (2003) ... (performer: "Solitude") / (writer: "Solitude" - as Edward "Duke" Ellington)
 2003 The Matrix Revolutions (writer: "I'm Beginning To See the Light")
 2003 The Human Stain (music: "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" (1941)) / (writer: "Day Dream" (1939))
 2003 Bright Young Things (writer: "Caravan")
 2003 Ben Webster (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "In a Mellow Tone" - as Ellington)
 2003 7th Heaven (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- I Love Lucy (2003) ... (writer: "Jump For Joy" - uncredited)
 2002 Comedian (Documentary) (writer: "Caravan")
 2002 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (Video Game) (writer: "The Mooche", "Caravan")
 2002 Minority Report (writer: "Solitude" (1934))
 2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (lyrics: "Mood Indigo" (1931)) / (music: "Mood Indigo" (1931)) / (performer: "Mood Indigo" (1931))
 2002 Crossing Jordan (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- With Honor (2002) ... (performer: "Stardust" - uncredited)
- Blood Relatives (2002) ... (performer: "Daydream" - uncredited)
 2002 Hart's War (writer: "Mood Indigo" - as Edward Ellington)
 2001 Ocean's Eleven (writer: "Caravan")
 2001 One Night with Robbie Williams (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me")
 2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (music: "Sophisticated Lady") / (performer: "Sophisticated Lady")
 2001 An American Rhapsody (music: "I'm Just a Lucky So and So" (1945))
 2001 Desaliñada (Short) (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 2001 Angel Eyes (writer: "In A Sentimental Mood")
 2000 Chocolat (writer: "Caravan")
 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance (performer: "Mood Indigo")
 2000 Yksityisetsivän tytär (Short) (lyrics: "A Drum is a Woman") / (music: "A Drum is a Woman")
 2000 Pollock (performer: "It's Sad But True")
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie) (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 2000 The Yards (music: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (1944) - as Edward Kennedy Ellington)
 2000 My Dog Skip (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1999 Any Given Sunday (writer: "I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU")
 1999 The Green Mile (performer: "Three Little Words")
 1999 Pitch People (Documentary) (writer: "Mood Indigo")
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (1931)) / (writer: "Caravan" (1936))
 1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV Movie) (writer: "Rent Party Blues")
 1999 Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Fillmore (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "DIMINUENDO IN BLUE & CRESCENDO IN BLUE") / (writer: "DIMINUENDO IN BLUE & CRESCENDO IN BLUE")
 1999 Eyes Wide Shut (music: "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" (1941))
 1999 The Thirteenth Floor (writer: "Caravan")
 1999/I Life (writer: "Drop Me Off in Harlem")
 1999 The Matrix (performer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light") / (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang (1999) ... ("Night Train")
 1999 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Home Alone (1999) ... (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited)
 1998 Fallen Arches (writer: "Solitude" - as Ellington)
 1998 It All Came True (writer: "Mood Indigo", "Rockin' In Rhythm")
 1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Documentary) (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 1998 Living Out Loud (writer: "Low Key Lightly", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1998 Rounders (performer: "Warm Valley") / (writer: "Warm Valley")
 1998 Saving Private Ryan (music: "Solitude" (1934))
 1998 The Odd Couple II ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1998 The Big Lebowski (writer: "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good")
 1998 Sphere (music: "DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE")
 1997 Seven Years in Tibet (performer: "Perdido")
 1997 The Big One (Documentary) (performer: "Mississipi Moan" (1927)) / (writer: "Mississipi Moan" (1927))
 1997 Double Tap (performer: "One O'Clock Jump")
 1997 Hoodlum (writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 1997 Oz (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A Game of Checkers (1997) ... (writer: "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" - uncredited)
- To Your Health (1997) ... (writer: "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" - uncredited)
 1997 Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (Documentary) (writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy")
 1997 Addicted to Love (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1997 Ulee's Gold (writer: "Sophisticated Lady")
 1997 Love Jones (performer: "In a Sentimental Mood") / (writer: "In a Sentimental Mood")
 1997 Metro (performer: "THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE")
 1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces (writer: "In a Sentimental Mood")
 1996 Swingers (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1996 Larger Than Life (writer: "Just a Lucky So & So")
 1995 Let It Be Me (writer: "C Jam Blues")
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1995 White Man's Burden (writer: "Prelude To A Kiss")
 1995 Devil in a Blue Dress (performer: "HY-AH SU", "MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY WAYS") / (writer: "HY-AH SU", "MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY WAYS")
 1995 Forget Paris (writer: "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 1995 Just Cause (writer: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good")
 1995 Miami Rhapsody (writer: "I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN'T GOOD")
 1994 Bert (TV Series) ("ECHOES OF HARLEM")
  Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 3 episodes, 1994) (writer - 3 episodes, 1994)
- The Capital of Baseball (1994) ... (performer: "Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me") / (writer: "Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me")
- The National Pastime (1994) ... (performer: "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart") / (writer: "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart")
- A National Heirloom (1994) ... (performer: "Mood Indigo", "Doin the Voom Voom") / (writer: "Mood Indigo", "Doin the Voom Voom")
 1994 Bullets Over Broadway (performer: "That Jungle Jamboree")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (performer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING)") / (writer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING)")
 1994 The Hudsucker Proxy ("In A Sentimental Mood") / (performer: "Flying Home")
 1994 Bottle Rocket (Short) (performer: "Stevie") / (writer: "Stevie")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "Ko-Ko")
 1993 Memory (TV Movie) (music: "Pega'm amb el saxo i fes-me mal")
 1993 Short Cuts (music: "I'm Gonna Go Fishin" (1959))
 1993 Rising Sun (writer: "SINGLE PETAL OF A ROSE")
 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light")
 1993 Swing Kids (writer: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING)")
 1992 Malcolm X (performer: "Arabesque Cookie") / (writer: "Drop Me Off in Harlem", "Azure", "Arabesque Cookie")
 1992 Glengarry Glen Ross (writer: "Prelude to a Kiss", "Daydream")
 1992 Prelude to a Kiss (writer: "Prelude to a Kiss")
 1992 A League of Their Own (writer: "In a Sentimental Mood")
 1992 White Men Can't Jump (writer: "MOOD INDIGO")
 1992 The Mambo Kings (performer: "In A Sentimental Mood") / (writer: "In A Sentimental Mood")
 1991 Wild Blade (music: "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me") / (performer: "El Gato")
 1991 The Addams Family ("The Mooche")
 1991 En dag i oktober (writer: "THE JEEP IS JUMPIN'")
 1991 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear ("SATIN DOLL")
 1991 The Rocketeer (writer: "IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD")
 1991 Oscar (performer: "Rockin' in Rhythm") / (writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm")
 1991 Flirting (writer: "The Moochie" - as Ellington)
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion (performer: "I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO") / (writer: "I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO")
 1991 He Said, She Said ("I'm Just A Lucky So-and-So", "In A Sentimental Mood")
 1990 Alice (writer: "Caravan" (1937) - as Edward Kennedy Ellington)
 1990 White Hunter Black Heart (writer: "SATIN DOLL")
 1990 Wild at Heart (performer: "First Movement") / (writer: "First Movement")
 1990 Dolly and Her Lover (writer: "Caravan")
 1990 Strike It Rich (music: "Prelude to a Kiss" - uncredited)
 1989 Valentina (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ciao Valentina (1989) ... (performer: "In a Mellowtone")
 1989 Harlem Nights (music: "Drop Me Off In Harlem", "The Gal From Joe's", "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", "Sophisticated Lady") / (performer: "Drop Me Off In Harlem", "Take The 'A' Train") / (writer: "Black Beauty", "Mood Indigo")
 1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys (writer: "Prelude to a Kiss", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", "Solitude" - as Edward Kennedy Ellington)
 1989 When Harry Met Sally... (writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway (writer: "The Mooch")
 1989 Field of Dreams (performer: "Lotus Blossom")
 1989 The Toxic Avenger Part II (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing")
 1988 Full Moon in Blue Water (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1988 The Bengali Night (writer: "East St-Louis Toodle-oo")
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("Daydream", "In a Sentimental Mood")
 1988 Driving Me Crazy (Documentary) (writer: "Ive Got To Be a Rug Cutter" - uncredited)
 1988 Envoyez les violons (writer: "C JamBlues")
 1988 Sunset (performer: "Black And Tan Fantasy")
 1988 Biloxi Blues (writer: "Solitude")
 1987 Dolly (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... (writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1987 The Untouchables (writer: "MOOD INDIGO")
 1987 In the Mood (writer: "SOLITUDE")
 1987 Radio Days (performer: "Take the 'A' Train" (1941))
 1986 Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (TV Special) (music: "Black and Tan Fantasy")
 1986 The Singing Detective (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Clues (1986) ... (writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" - uncredited)
- Heat (1986) ... (writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" - uncredited)
- Skin (1986) ... (writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm" - uncredited)
 1986 Tough Guys (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - as Edward Kennedy Ellington)
 1986 Miss Mary (writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (writer: "Just Squeeze Me")
 1985 Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite (writer: "Sophisticated Lady")
 1985 Kerouac, the Movie (Documentary) ("I've Got the World On a String") / (performer: "Jumpin' Pumpkins, "Creole Love Call") / (writer: "Jumpin' Pumpkins, "Creole Love Call")
 1984 The Cotton Club (lyrics: "Creole Love Call", "Mood Indigo") / (music: "The Mooche", "Cotton Club Stomp #2", "Drop Me Off In Harlem", "Creole Love Call", "Ring Dem Bells", "East St.Louis Toodle-O", "Cotton Club Stomp #1", "Mood Indigo", "Daybreak Express Medley")
 1984 Maria's Lovers (writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1984 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 June 1984 (1984) ... (writer: "I Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good)")
 1982 Frances (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)")
 1982 Let's Spend the Night Together (Documentary) ("Take The A Train")
 1982 Police Squad! (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand) (1982) ... ("Satin Doll")
 1981 Reborn ("Mood Indigo")
 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Rockin' in Rhythm")
 1980 Rough Cut (writer: "Sophisticated Lady", "Satin Doll", "C Jam Blues", "Mood Indigo", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", "In a Sentimental Mood", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Caravan", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited)
 1979 Série noire (performer: "Moonlight fiesta")
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cleo Laine (1978) ... (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing")
 1977 The Turning Point (music: "Elingtonia")
 1977 Ecco noi per esempio... ("Sofisticated Lady")
 1977 The Richard Pryor Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... (writer: "Solitude", "Satin Doll")
 1976 The Sonny and Cher Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.8 (1976) ... (writer: "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good")
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (music: "Saddest Tale (Blues)" (1934)) / (performer: "Downtown Uproar" (1938)) / (writer: "Downtown Uproar" (1938))
 1974 The Conversation (music: "Sophisticated Lady" (1932))
 1973 Teresa the Thief (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Never No Lament))
 1973 England Made Me (music: "IT DON'T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING)')
 1973 Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly (TV Special) (writer: "I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues", "Rocks in My Bed", "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)", "Mood Indigo")
 1972 The Catcher (TV Movie) (writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1971 My Tongue Is -Quick! ("My Old Flame", uncredited)
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 September 1970 (1970) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light")
 1969 Adalen 31 (music: "Black and Tan Fantasy" - uncredited)
 1968 Handicap (Short) (performer: "My Funny Valentine")
 1968 The Jonathan Winters Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.15 (1968) ... (music: "Satin Doll" - uncredited)
  Center Stage (TV Mini-Series) (music - 1 episode, 1967) (performer - 1 episode, 1967) (writer - 1 episode, 1967)
- The Barbara McNair and Duke Ellington Special (1967) ... (music: "Dancers in Love", "Solitude", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Satin Doll", "I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", "Sophisticated Lady") / (performer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light", "Mood Indigo", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", "Sophisticated Lady") / (writer: "C-Jam Blues", "Mood Indigo")
 1966 A la memoria del autor (Short) (writer: "The Single Petal of a Rose")
 1966 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.4 (1966) ... (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", "Mood Indigo", "Satin Doll" - uncredited)
 1966 The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (1966) ... (music: "In My Solitude" - uncredited)
 1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.23 (1965) ... (writer: "Caravan")
 1963 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.8 (1963) ... (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing")
 1962 The Avengers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Decapod (1962) ... (writer: "You Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" - uncredited)
 1962 Boccaccio '70 (writer: "Day Dream")
 1962 All Night Long (writer: "In A Sentimmental Mood", "Mood Indigo")
 1961 Paris Blues (music: "Mood Indigo", "Autumnal Suite", "Wild Man Moore" - uncredited)
 1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1960 Dante (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Punch from Judy (1960) ... (writer: "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good")
 1958-1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Judgement (1960) ... (writer: "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)")
- The Long, Long Ride (1960) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning To See the Light")
- The Vicious Dog (1958) ... (writer: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
  Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 1959) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #12.4 (1959) ... (music: "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited)
- Episode #10.19 (1958) ... (writer: "Jump for Joy" - uncredited)
  Timex All-Star Jazz Show (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1959) (performer - 1 episode, 1959)
- The Golden Age of Jazz (1959) ... (music: "Satin Doll", "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited) / (performer: "Satin Doll", "Take the 'A' Train", "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 30 December 1957 (1957) ... (music: "Ballet of the Flying Saucers" - uncredited)
  Jazz Party (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1958) (music - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #1.23 (1958) ... (music: "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)")
- Episode #1.22 (1958) ... (writer: "C Jam Blues" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.20 (1958) ... (writer: "Solitude")
  You Bet Your Life (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1958) (writer - 1 episode, 1954)
- Episode #8.38 (1958) ... (music: "Sophisticated Lady")
- Episode #7.2 (1956) ... (music: "Mood Indigo")
- Episode #5.9 (1954) ... (writer: "Sophisticated Lady")
 1957 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- The McGuire Sisters (1957) ... (music: "I Got I Bad and That Ain't Good" - uncredited)
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1957) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" - uncredited)
 1957 A Hatful of Rain (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited)
 1957 This Could Be the Night (music: "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" - uncredited)
 1956 Stars of Jazz (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 12 November 1956 (1956) ... (writer: "Sophisticated Lady")
 1956 The Bottom of the Bottle (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited)
  Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes) (writer - 2 episodes) (music - 1 episode)
- Revue in Rhythm ... ("The Mooche") / (performer: "The Hawk Talks", "The Mooche")
- Harlem Merry-Go-Round ... (performer: "Caravan", "VIP Boogie") / (writer: "Caravan")
- Blues in Harlem ... (music: "Sophisticated Lady") / (performer: "Mood Indigo", "Sophisticated Lady") / (writer: "Mood Indigo")
 1952 Solitude (Short) (writer: "Solitude")
 1952 Sophisticated Lady (Short) (writer: "Sophisticted Lady")
 1952 Deadline - U.S.A. (music: "Mood Indigo")
 1951 Half Angel (music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited)
 1950 No Way Out (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Sophisticated Lady", "In a Sentimental Mood" - uncredited)
 1949 Symphony in Swing (Short) (arranger: "Frankie and Johnnie") / (performer: "Frankie and Johnnie")
 1947 Date with Duke (Short) (performer: "Perfume Suite" - uncredited) / (writer: "Perfume Suite" - uncredited)
 1946 Breakin' It Down (Short) (writer: "Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'" - uncredited)
 1946 The Dark Corner (music: "Mood Indigo" - uncredited)
 1946 People Are Funny ("Every Hour on the Hour")
 1945 Man from Oklahoma (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" - uncredited)
 1945 War Comes to America (Documentary) (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - uncredited)
 1945 The Mouse Comes to Dinner (Short) (music: "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)", "Don't Get Around Much Any More" - uncredited)
 1944 Swingtime Holiday (Short) (writer: "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me")
 1943 So's Your Uncle (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1943 Cabin in the Sky (performer: "Going Up" (1943)) / (writer: "Going Up" (1943))
 1943 Reveille with Beverly (performer: "Take the 'A' Train")
 1943 Air Force (writer: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (1923) - uncredited)
 1943 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Short) (music: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore")
 1943 Harry Parry and His Radio Rhythm Club Septet (Short) (writer: "I've Got It Bad And That Ain't Good")
 1942 Bli-Bip (Short) (music: "Bli-Blip")
 1942 Jam Session (Short) (performer: "C-Jam Blues") / (writer: "C-Jam Blues")
 1941 Ice-Capades (music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited)
 1938 The Shining Hour (music: "Mood Indigo" (1930) - uncredited)
 1937 Underworld (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing")
 1937 The Hit Parade (lyrics: "I've Got to be a Rough Cutter") / (music: "I've Got to be a Rough Cutter")
 1935 Roof Tops of Manhattan (Short) (music: "Mood Indigo" (1930) - uncredited)
 1935 Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life (Short) (writer: "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life")
 1934/II Vaudeville (Short) (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" - uncredited)
 1934 Masks and Memories (Short) (music: "Sophisticated Lady" - uncredited)
 1933 A Bundle of Blues (Short) (writer: "Lightnin'", "Rockin' In Rhythm", "A Bundle of Blues")
 1933 Advice to the Lovelorn (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If You Ain't Got That Swing)" (Uncredited))
 1933 Betty Boop's May Party (Short) (music: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" - uncredited)
 1930 Check and Double Check (writer: "Harlem Speaks" (1930), "Old Man Blues" (1930) - uncredited)
 1929 Black and Tan (Short) (music: "Cotton Club Stomp") / (performer: "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Black Beauty", "The Duke Steps Out", "Cotton Club Stomp", "Hot Feet") / (writer: "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Black Beauty", "The Duke Steps Out")
 1929 Rhythms (Short) (music: "The Mooche" - uncredited)
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5 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Duke Ellington's Orchestra

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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[in reply to a question about how he got the scar on his face] I have four stories about it, and it depends on which you like the best. One is a taxicab accident; another is that I slipped and fell on a broken bottle; then there is a jealous woman; and last is Old Heidelberg, where they used to stand toe to toe with a saber in each hand, and slash away. The first man to step back lost the contest... See more »

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Ellington was celebrated in Stevie Wonder's song "Sir Duke" (from "Songs in the Key of Life" (1976)). See more »

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Sir Duke

Star Sign:

Taurus

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