How Ellington Took 'The A Train'

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"Take the A Train," the signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, was recorded on this day in 1941. Host Liane Hansen looks at the story behind the song.

"Take the A Train," the signature tune of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, was recorded on this day in 1941. The song marked the beginning of a decades-long partnership between Ellington and a shy young songwriter named Billy Strayhorn.

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