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    DukeEllington 1941-I got it bad

    bob erwig

    by bob erwig

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    I got it bad Ellington 1941

    Duke Ellington's Orchestra with Ivie Anderson in a 1941 shortie.

    Considered one of the finest singers of the golden age of jazz, Ivie Anderson was a fluent vocalist who impressed many with her blues and scat phrasings. Most impressed was Duke Ellington, who kept her on as vocalist for eleven years and would have kept on for more had she not retired due to health problems.

    It was while appearing with Hines that Ellington first heard her sing. He hired her in February 1931, and she quickly became a fixture of the orchestra's sound. She gave voice to some of the band's most memorable tunes of the era, ''I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good,'' ''It Don't Mean a Thing,'' ''Stormy Weather,'' and ''Rose of the Rio Grande.'' She was also featured in the 1939 Marx Brothers' film A Day at the Races, singing ''All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm.''