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what was his childhood like?
Duke Ellington never stopped composing he composed until his death on May,24 1974
He was one of the originators of big band jazz music because he was a jazz pianist , composer , and band leader.
Duke Kennedy Ellington was born on April, 1899 in Washington D.C. Dukes childhood was filled with love from his mother,father,and his hole family . they motivated him by telling him anything is possible. By the time he was 7 the only thing that mattered was baseball He began finding baseball irresistible . He started doing piano lessons. Soon he fell in love with music. Three months before graduating high school he doped out to pursue in his music career.
Duke Ellington one many awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom He was awarded by Richard Nixon . This took place in 1769 . In 1966 he won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award . In 1963 he was awarded the PhD Award from Berkeley , California for outstanding musicianship..
What were some important accomplishments?
Duke Kennedy Ellington died on May,24 ,1974 in new york city he died of lung cancer and pneumonia
Duke Ellington is best know for being an important figure in African - American history. Also for being one of the originators of modern day jazz music , Because he wrote over one thousand pieces of music in his lifetime He is known for also being one of the greatest composers of his time because of all the touching pieces he wrote like Cop Out , Basement , and I Got It Bad (And That Aint Good) .
what is he best known for?
'``it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing``
``you have to find a way to say it without saying it``
Duke Ellington inspired millions of people. He had a major influence on swing music that spread to all other kinds of music. His earliest influences were the ragtime pianists . He was a big influence in African - American history . He inspired all the millions of people to never give up and chase your dreams , to not let anyone tell you your not great at what you do .
who did he influence?
Duke`s nickname was created by a friend from childhood. He called him duke because of his regal air .It stuck on and now we still call him Duke instead of Edward.