,,A Satin Doll is a woman who is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside" — Duke Ellington
«Satin Doll» is a jazz standard written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Written in 1953, the song has been recorded countless times, by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, 101 Strings, Terry Callier, and Nancy Wilson. Its chord progression is well known for its unusual use of chords and opening with a ii-V-I turnaround. According to Richard Pryor, the piece was written for a famous black stripper by the same name. Johnny Mercer was often asked to write lyrics to already popular songs. The lyrics to «Satin Doll» were written after the song was already a hit in its instrumental version. Ellington used «Satin Doll» as the closing number at most of his concerts.
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Jazz Transcriptions — Donum Valley