Sophisticated Lady

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"Sophisticated Lady"
Single by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Released 1933 (1933)
Recorded February 15, 1933 (1933-02-15)
Genre Jazz
Songwriter(s) Duke Ellington

"Sophisticated Lady" is a jazz standard, composed as an instrumental in 1932 by Duke Ellington.


Additional credit is given to publisher Irving Mills whose words were added to the song by Mitchell Parish. The words met with approval from Ellington, who described them as "wonderful—but not entirely fitted to my original conception". That original conception was inspired by three of Ellington's grade school teachers. "They taught all winter and toured Europe in the summer. To me that spelled sophistication".[1] Duke Ellington and His Orchestra introduced "Sophisticated Lady" in 1933[2] with an instrumental recording of the song that featured solos by Toby Hardwick on alto sax, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Lawrence Brown on trombone and Ellington on piano. The recording entered the charts on 27 May 1933, and stayed there for sixteen weeks, rising to number three. [3]

Ellington’s early vocalist Adelaide Hall recorded two versions of "Sophisticated Lady". In 1944 on the Decca label (Decca F. 8467)[4] and in the soundtrack of the 1989/90 movie documentary celebrating her life entitled Sophisticated Lady.[5][6][7] Miss Hall recorded with Ellington on several occasions – in 1927, 1932 and 1933. Another version of Adelaide Hall singing "Sophisticated Lady" can be found on footage from British TV in the 1987 Terry Wogan Show.[8][9]


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  1. ^ ’Who was Duke’s Sophisticated Lady?’ (article retrieved 26 December 2014):
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  4. ^ "Adelaide Hall – Sophisticated Lady", Discogs.
  5. ^ Sophisticated Lady movie starring Adelaide Hall.
  6. ^ Sophisticated Lady, Library of Congress archive:
  7. ^ "Adelaide Hall Live At the Riverside Studios".
  8. ^ Adelaide Hall singing "Sophisticated Lady" on British TV in 1987 on YouTube.
  9. ^ "Adelaide Hall, 92, International Star of Cabaret" (obituary), New York Times, November 10, 1993.
  10. ^ Adelaide Hall live at the Riverside Studios:(CD)
  11. ^ "Billie Holiday Discography".
  12. ^!sounds/c1dca
  13. ^ "Toku Do overview".
  14. ^ "Silver Rain overview".
  15. ^ "Silver Rain Marcus Miller". JazzTimes.
  16. ^ "Mulgrew Miller Discography". Retrieved 7 March 2017.
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