Satin Doll

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"Satin Doll"
GenreJazz standard
Composer(s)Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn
Lyricist(s)Johnny Mercer

"Satin Doll" is a jazz standard written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.[1] Written in 1953, the song has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, 101 Strings, Terry Callier, and Nancy Wilson. Its chord progression is well known for its unusual use of chords and opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.[2]


Johnny Mercer was often asked to write lyrics to already popular songs. Lyrics to "Satin Doll" were written after the song was a hit in its instrumental version. Ellington used "Satin Doll" as the closing number in most of his concerts.

Other versions[edit]


  • Phish May 8, 1993 - Field House, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Micucci, Matt (May 2, 2017). "A short history of … "Satin Doll"". Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Satin Doll", Compositions, Jazz Standards.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 360. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  4. ^ "The Best of the Gaylords: The Mercury Years". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  5. ^ "One by One", The Coasters, All music, retrieved February 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Kimiko Kasai With Gil Evans Orchestra – Satin Doll". Discogs. Retrieved April 1, 2020.

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