Billy Strayhorn (right), born 100 years ago, spent the majority of his career as a composer and arranger for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. David Redfern/Getty Images hide caption

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100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song
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Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy. Victor Drees//Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Duke Ellington: The Composer, Pt. 2
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Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composer Gets His Due
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Duke Ellington in 1971. Louis Panassié/Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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'Take The A Train'
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