Mood Indigo

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composition date
1931
genre
Pop
songwriter(s)
Duke Ellington
Irving Mills
Barney Bigard
related performer(s)
Duke Ellington

Fifteen minutes

Ellington was sitting at his mother’s house while she was cooking dinner, thinking about a recording session that evening. In fifteen minutes he wrote “Mood Indigo,” then went out and recorded it and performed it that night at the Cotton Club.

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