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From Robert Altman's
"Jazz '34 - Remembrances of Kansas City Swing" (1996)
Duke Ellington said he wrote the music for this in just 20 minutes.
That's how it happens sometimes.
Eddie De Lange and Ellington business manger Irving Mills took the credit for lyrics. (It happens that way sometimes too.)
The tune was first heard on disc on a Victor release that listed a January 1934 recording date. The second time out on Brunswick the tune hit the charts so it's very plausible that the cats in Kansas City would have known it and been playing on it that year.
Billie Holiday came out with her heartbreakingly beautiful rendition of this tune with trumpeter Roy Eldridge in 1940.
That's Joshua Redman on tenor.
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