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Billy Strayhorn's Personal Sacrifices Ensured a Stable Career

Biographer David Hajdu has just written "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn" (Farrar, Straus and Girous). The book explores the life of Strayhorn, a Duke Ellington collaborator who composed "Take the 'A' Train," "Lush Life" and "Something to Live For." Strayhorn was black and gay, but maintained a low profile while working with Ellington's band.


Other segments from the episode on July 3, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 3, 1996: Interview with David Hajdu; Review of the novels "A Little Yellow Dog" by Walter Mosley, "Cause of Death" by Patricia Cornwell, and "Lily White" by Susan…


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