In a Mellow Tone

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"In a Mellow Tone", also known as "In a Mellotone", is a 1939 jazz standard composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics written by Milt Gabler.[1] The song was based on the 1917 standard "Rose Room" by Art Hickman and Harry Williams,[2] which Ellington himself had recorded in 1932.[3] Howard Stern used a recording of this song (from Ellington's Blues in Orbit album) as the opening theme to The Howard Stern Show from 1987 to 1994.

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  1. ^ Douglas Martin, "Milton Gabler, Storekeeper of the Jazz World, Dies at 90", The New York Times, July 25, 2001.
  2. ^ "In a Mellotone" at; retrieved 24 May 2009.
  3. ^ Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 193–4. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  4. ^ "Harry James And His Orchestra – Live 1964 In Holiday Ballroom Chicago". Discogs. Retrieved February 4, 2017.