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Miles Davis circa 1955; Duke Ellington; Louis Armstrong; Cover of Sheet Music by Fats Waller
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Joya Sherrill

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Guilmenot (1927-) Singer

Joya Sherrill worked with Duke Ellington for a short spell in 1942 and, after writing the lyrics to Take the "A" Train, joined his band in 1944. She married Richard Guilmenot in 1946. After four years with Ellington she became a solo singer but returned to the band to perform in the television program A Drum is a Woman (1956). Sherrill toured the USA in 1959, appearing in nightclubs and at army bases, then took an acting role in a Broadway play. She went to the USSR with Benny Goodman (1962), performed and recorded with Ellington in Chicago (1963), and also recorded two albums as a leader (1960, 1965). Ellington had a high regard for Sherrill, whose diction and articulation he considered excellent.

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