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Duke Ellington
(1899-1974) born on
Apr 29
US bandleader, songwriter. He was an outstanding jazz personality who wrote over 5000 original works, e.g., "Take the 'A' Train."
My mother told me I was blessed, and I have always taken her word for it. Being born of -- or reincarnated from -- royalty is nothing Like being blessed. Royalty is inherited from another human being; blessedness comes from God.

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing.
You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
There are two kinds of worries -- those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter.
Critics have their purposes, and they're supposed to do what they do, but sometimes they get a little carried away with what they think someone should have done, rather than concerning themselves with what they did.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Music Is My Mistress," 1973.
R: "Song Title," 1932.
A: In "Talking Drums -- An African-American Quote Collection," by Anita Doreen Diggs, 1995
N: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
K: "Music Is My Mistress," 1973.

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