Fun Fact 2 Duke Ellington was born in Washington DC in the United States
of America, he is famously known as a pool piano player and he became
one of the greatest figures in American jazz.
Fun Fact 3: Duke was a nickname given to him as a child by a friend. It
derived from his elegance, good manners and dress sense.
Fun Fact 4: Duke Ellington died in New York City after falling
incredibly ill. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer and caught
pneumonia. He was buried in the Bronx and his memorial service was
attended by more than 12,000 people.
Fun Fact 5: Duke Ellington was awarded 12 Grammy Awards, his won his
first one in 1959 and he received the Life Time Achievement Award in
Fun Fact 6: In 1986, a United States Commemorative stamp was issued with
Duke Ellington's image on it.
Fun Fact 7: From 1923 to 1974, he lead an orchestra. The orchestra is
still performing to the present day and it is called 'The Duke Ellington
Fun Fact 8: Duke's mother was called Daisy Kennedy Ellington and his
father was James Edward Ellington. Both of his parents were pianists and
they encouraged Duke to learn how to play piano at the age of seven. He
didn't enjoy playing the instrument so he gave it up.
Fun Fact 9: Duke attended the Armstrong Technical High School in
Washington DC. His first job was selling peanuts at the Washington
Senators baseball games.
Fun Fact 10: In September 1923, Duke Ellington became part of the
Hollywood Club for four years. The club gave him a solid base where he
could live and work. in 1924, he became the band leader.
Fun Fact 11: Duke Ellington married his high school sweetheart. Her name
was Edna Thompson and they had one son together who was named Mercer
Kennedy Ellington. He was born on March 11th, 1919. Edna sadly passed
away in 1967.
Fun Fact 12: Duke Ellington carried out his last performance on March
20th, 1974. His final performance took place at Northern Illinois
Fun Fact 13: In 1929, Duke Ellington appeared in a short film called
'Black and Tan'. He went onto star in several short films during the
Fun Fact 14: Stevie Wonder wrote a song in 1976 as a tribute to Duke.
The song was called "Sir Duke".
Fun Fact 15: During Duke's early years, he would sit watching and
listening to pianists, he had private lessons from his music teacher at
the time who was called Henry Lee Grant.