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Billy Strayhorn

  • American composer
  • Born November 29, 1915
  • Died May 31, 1967

William Thomas Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best remembered for his long-time collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington that lasted nearly three decades. His compositions include "Take the 'A' Train", "Chelsea Bridge", "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing", and "Lush Life".


Romance is mush, stifling those who strive.




My grandmother played the piano, and I used to toddle over there and pick out little things that sounded good to me.




I'm not fit company for man or beast.




I think everything should happen at halfway to dawn. That's when all the heads of government should meet. I think everybody would fall in love.




All music is beautiful.




I'll live a lush life in some small dive.




Love or not, I wouldn't subject a wife to the road. It's punishment.




If you want something hard enough, it just gets done.




In order to play and write, it's unique - you either do one or the other.




Ever up and onward.




A Train was born without any effort - if was like writing a letter to a friend.




You're in a mess, and in excess.



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