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Joya Sherrill

In the early 1940s, Duke Ellington discovered a seventeen year old with remarkable poise and singing ability. Joya Sherrill worked with Duke Ellington for a short spell in 1942 and, after writing the lyrics to Take the "A" Train, joined his band in 1944. Rejoining the group, Sherrill scored a major hit with "I'm Beginning To See The Light." She stayed with Duke Ellington's jazz band well into the fifties and is generally considered to be one of the finest (and smoothest) jazz vocalists of that era. She married Richard Guilmenot in 1946. After years with Ellington she became a solo singer but returned to the band to perform in the television program A Drum is a Woman (1956)

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Duke Ellington: My People - The Complete Show and The Treasury Shows, Volume 16

Read "Duke Ellington: My People - The Complete Show  and The Treasury Shows, Volume 16" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Duke Ellington stood aloof from the Civil Rights movement. As a self proclaimed patriot he was extremely uneasy about the street protests and civil disobedience sweeping America the 1960s. He didn't participate in Martin Luther King's 1963 Great March on Washington. He would deal with the issue his way, he said, and went ...

Joya Sherrill Sings Duke

Label: 20th Century Fox Records
Released: 1965

Sugar & Spice

Label: 20th Century Fox Records
Released: 1962


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