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.