Composer: Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life!”

Billy Strayhorn (November 29,1915 – May 31,1967) – Video Interpretations: Andy Bey; Sammy Davis Jr.; Esperanza Spalding; Nancy Wilson; Donna Summer; Natalie Cole; Stan Getz; Joe Henderson & Herbie Hancock; Ella Fitzgerald / Joe Pass; Billy Eckstine; John Coltrane

Earlier today, I heard a version of “Lush Life”, written and composed by Billy Strayhorn, and it brought back many memories, so here’s, for the other Billy Strayhdorn reminiscers. Just about all of the renditions I remember hearing over the years. Blame it on my youth, if you tire of hearing so many artists’ flirtations with the tune. For me, I never tire of hearing the tune. John Coltrane’s version will “Knock your socks off!”

—Ronn










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