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Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948 (William P. Gottlieb 08211).jpg
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Background information
Birth name William Thomas Strayhorn
Born (1915-11-29)November 29, 1915
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died May 31, 1967(1967-05-31) (aged 51)
New York City
Genres Jazz, swing, classical
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • musician
  • lyricist
  • arranger
Instruments Piano
Years active 1934–1964
Labels United Artists, Felsted, Mercer
Associated acts Duke Ellington

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

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