THE DUKE IS ON THE MOON! (ABC Television, June 15, 1969)

Sweetly astonishing: Duke Ellington in the ABC Television studios, on the occasion of the first man on the moon — not only playing his own composition, MOON MAIDEN, but singing it as well.

My expert friends tell me that this was pre-recorded for the telecast, with Al Chernet, guitar; Paul Kondziela, bass;  Rufus Jones, drums.

I think this wonderful piece of ancient video footage is very touching:

May your happiness increase.

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5 responses to “THE DUKE IS ON THE MOON! (ABC Television, June 15, 1969)

  1. How strange and wonderful!

  2. thanks

  3. Reminds me a bit of Volare. Fun song, and of course endlessly fascinating to hear Duke sing.

  4. Nancie Beaven

    Ditto Jim Fryer’s comment

  5. I miss Duke Ellington. :(

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