The Bell Telephone Hour

Season 10 Episode 2

On The Road With Duke Ellington

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 18, 1967 on NBC
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On The Road With Duke Ellington

Narrated by Don Morrow with performances by Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges and Mercer Ellington.

Duke Ellington at 68 full of vitality continues his vigorous schedule traveling thru the country from a concert of sacred music in Ohio, to a recording session in New York to a series of Midwestern one-night stands. He stops long enough to give his impressions of life, his own living legend and the futility of retirement.
Duke and the band are seen performing "Satin Doll", "Sophisticated Lady" and "Mood Indigo".
Between performances Duke composes a piece entitled "Salute to Morgan State" as he prepares to receive another honorary degree from Morgan State University.
Explores the music and personality of musician, Duke Ellington. The camera follows as he moves from town to town, from recording studios to hotels and concert halls, always concerned with reaching people with his art.
The program winds up with a performance of "Take the A Train".


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