Solitude

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composition date
1934
genre
Pop
songwriter(s)
Duke Ellington
Eddie DeLange
Irving Mills
related performer(s)
Duke Ellington

What's the title?

Ellington was at a recording session in Chicago with three tunes ready but still needing a fourth to round out the side of a 78. As he waited for another recording session to finish and free up the studio, he leaned against the studio’s glass wall and wrote out a new tune in about twenty minutes. When the band recorded it everyone in the band and in the booth got choked up. When someone asked what the title was, musician Artie Whetsol answered, “Solitude.” The name stuck.

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