Edward Kennedy Ellington was born April 29 1899 in Washington DC
His inspiration was Doc Perry
He started piano at the age of 7
Edward earned his nickname "Duke" from his artistocractic demeanor
Sadly on May 24 1974 Duke passed away from phenomena
His last words and only quote was "Music is how I live, why I live and how I will be remembered"
He is most famous for playing at the Cotton Club
He had his own Orchestra called "The Duke Ellington Band"
His parents were James Edward Ellington and Daisy (Kennedy) Ellington
He had on son
He got married to his high school sweetheart