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Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing (1965)

From The Ed Sullivan Show on March 7, 1965, (the video seems to be incorrectly dated as being from 1960), watch Ella Fitzgerald perform with Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).

a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills, now accepted as a jazz standard, characterized by jazz historian Gunther Schuller as “now legendary”, “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title.” …Probably the first song to use the phrase “swing” in the title, it introduced the term into everyday language and presaged the swing era by three years.

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