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10cf746e54 .. Extended vocal version with Betty Roche June, 1952. Fitzgerald does a chorus of scat-singing and lyric-singing, recomposing the melody line. Back Releases and Statements Photos and Logos Fact Sheet (PDF) Media Relations Contacts . World Politics Business Technology Science Health Race & Culture Education Arts & Life Books Movies Pop Culture Food Art & Design Performing Arts Photography Music First Listen Songs We Love Music Articles Tiny Desk Videos More Our Blogs Corrections All About NPR . It was so easy for him, he said it was "like writing a letter to a friend." When Ellington invited Strayhorn to NYC, he wrote directions for him to get to his house by subway, and they started out: "take the A train." The lyrics you know, however, were actually written by Joya Sherrill in the early 1940sshe was 20 years old and "made up the words at her home in Detroit, while the song played on the radio" as an instrumental. The sound of the horns and the interplay between the sections is just genius arranging.
You could listen to his music for a lifetime and learn just about everything there is to know about music and culture from the 20th Century. The song has been recorded hundreds of times (perhaps even thousands) and used in films, TV, commercials. As Roche and Nance dance in the aisle, solos follow by Ellington, Junior Raglin on bass, and Ben Webster (unseen) on tenor saxophone. Back Articles Interviews Quizzes Music Lists Best Music of the Year . Gothamist Films . Take The A Train was one of the first songs that Strayhorn wrote for Duke. Vocal by Ella Fitzgerald with the Ellington Orchestra - June 1957.