Legends of the Ball XVIV: Bill Strayhorn

Another in a long list of those Afro-queers who’s brilliance is largely ignored by the culture. Billy Strayhorn, was in many instances the right hand man of Duke Ellington. While enjoying a small amount of fame beside his musical brother, Strayhorn often played second fiddle to Ellington. The two composed many of the acclaimed works that Ellington was given billing for. ( this is not to say that Ellington took credit for all of Strayhorn’s work quite the contrary. Strayhorn received quite a bit of recognition, however still became immensely more popular and in some instances did take the credit for Strayhorn’s contributions)

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