A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
By David Hajdu
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374194383, 464pp.)
Publication Date: June 1996
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in American music, the creator of such standards as "Take the 'A' Train", yet all his life he was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator, Duke Ellington. Through scrutiny of Strayhorn's private papers and more than five hundred interviews, Hajdu revives Strayhorn as one of the most complex and tragic figures in jazz history.