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Mercer recalled that he found the composition in a trash can after Strayhorn discarded a draft of it because it sounded too much like a Fletcher Henderson arrangement. The first and most famous commercial recording was made on February 15, The title refers to the then-new A subway service that runs through New York Citygoing at that time from eastern Brooklynon the Fulton Street Line opened inup into Harlem and northern Manhattanusing the Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan opened in Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, "Take the A Train".
Strayhorn was a great fan of Fletcher Henderson's arrangements. Although Strayhorn said he wrote lyrics for it, the recorded first lyrics were composed by, or for, the Delta Rhythm Boys.
The lyrics used by the Ellington band were added by Joya Sherrillwho was 20 at the time Take The A Train - Duke Ellington - Giants of the Big Band Era made up the words at her home in Detroitwhile the song played on the radio. Her father, a noted Detroit activist, set up a meeting with Ellington. Owing to Joya's remarkable poise and singing ability and her unique take on the song, Ellington hired her as a vocalist and adopted her lyrics.
The vocalist who most often performed the song with the Ellington band was trumpeter Ray Nancewho enhanced the lyrics with numerous choruses of scat singing. Nance is also responsible for the trumpet solo on the first recording, which was so well suited for the song that it has often been duplicated note for note by others.
The song was performed by Ellington and the band in the film Reveille with Beverly with vocalist Betty Roche. The band is depicted performing in a railroad passenger car, not a subway car. Based loosely Take The A Train - Duke Ellington - Giants of the Big Band Era the chordal structure of " Exactly Like You ", the song combines the propulsive swing of the s-era Ellington band with the confident sophistication of Ellington and the black elite who inhabited Sugar Hill in Harlem.
Ella Fitzgerald sang and recorded this song many times from onwards; for a live version with Ella scatting, see her Verve release Ella in Too Far Gone - Subliminal (15) And Dienamix - Shadow Authors. Jo Stafford recorded an intentionally inept interpretation of the song under the pseudonym Darlene Edwards.
InNational Public Radio included this song in the "NPR ", in which NPR's music editors sought to compile the one Squal Bass - Various - Royal Drums 2 most important American musical works Last Dance - The Cure - Disintegration the 20th century.
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