...And His Mother Called Him Bill

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...And His Mother Called Him Bill
Duke Ellington - ...And His Mother Called Him Bill album cover.jpg
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1968
Recorded August 28, 1967–November 15, 1967
Studio Coast Recorders, San Francisco; RCA Studio A, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 61:18
Label Bluebird/RCA
Producer Steve Backer, Brad McCuen
Duke Ellington chronology
North of the Border in Canada
...And His Mother Called Him Bill
Francis A. & Edward K.
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]

...And His Mother Called Him Bill is a 1967 studio album by Duke Ellington recorded in the wake of the May 31, 1967 death of his long-time collaborator, Billy Strayhorn. It won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1969.

Ellington recorded the album as a tribute to his friend and collaborator Billy Strayhorn, who died of cancer in 1967. Featuring Strayhorn's arrangements and compositions, it includes well-known compositions as well as unrecorded music.

Ellington chose the songs to demonstrate Strayhorn's versatility and range, as well as to pay homage to the qualities that he most admired in his late writing partner.[1]

"Blood Count" was Strayhorn's last composition, written for the Ellington Orchestra's 1967 concert at Carnegie Hall. The 1951 composition "Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note" showcases Cootie Williams, Sam Woodyard, Jimmy Hamilton, and John Sanders.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Billy Strayhorn except where noted.

2."U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)"3:13
3."Blood Count"4:19
4."Smada" (Strayhorn/Ellington)3:20
5."Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note" (Strayhorn/Ellington)3:02
6."Rain Check"4:37
8."My Little Brown Book"4:13
9."Lotus Blossom"3:57
11."After All"3:48
12."All Day Long"2:57
13."Lotus Blossom"5:01
14."Day Dream" (Strayhorn/Ellington/John La Touche)4:20
15."The Intimacy of the Blues"3:02

Source: Allmusic[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Jurek, Thom. "...And His Mother Called Him Bill". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  2. ^ "...And His Mother Called Him Bill - Duke Ellington | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2017.