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Duke Ellington
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    (April 29, 1899-May 14, 1974)
    Birth name was Edward Kennedy Ellington
    Sold peanuts at baseball games
    Studied piano with Harvey Brooks, Doc Perty and Louis Brown
    Formed his first group (1917)
    Became well-known through radio music
    Married Edna Thompson (1919)
    Moved to New York (1923)
    Ran his own band
    Awarded the Congressional Medal of Freedom (1969)
    Played numerous musical instruments and several different styles
    Died of cancer
    The members of his band changed a lot.
    His band was largely forgotten from 1942 to 1956.
    He played a lot of practical jokes.
    He separated from his wife and lived with two dancers (at different times).
    He still has a website nearly 30 years after his death.
    His work helped form modern jazz.
    He didn't publicly face much racism.
    He was a devout Christian.
    During World War II, he kept his orchestra functioning normally.
    He entertained US presidents and foreign heads of state.

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