History Detectives

Duke Ellington Plates

Clip: Season 7 Episode 3 | 17m 13s

1941, a new instrumental "Take the 'A' Train," becomes the signature song of pianist Duke Ellington. But was the young composer denied full credit for the hit song? Our contributor has discovered boxes of sheet music and metal sheets that look like printing plates for this song. History Detectives investigates the story behind these plates and determines the role they played in this jazz classic.

Aired: 09/06/09

Rating: TV-G

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