Strayhorn, Billy

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Billy Strayhorn
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Strayhorn, Billy Gender: M
Strayhorn, William Thomas
born on 29 November 1915 at 04:15 (= 04:15 AM )
Place Dayton OH, USA, 39n45, 84w11
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 06°07' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 00°22 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 07°14'


American jazz musician, composer and arranger, pianist and lyricist. He composed and arranged for the Duke Ellington Orchestra for almost 30 years, 1939-1967, with such hits as "Take the A Train" and "Satin Doll." In 1950 the group toured Europe. Later, Strayhorn cut a record of his own performance in "Cue for Sax," on a Master Jazz label.

Gay and an alcoholic, he died of cancer 5/31/1967, New York City.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Disease 31 May 1967 (Alcoholism and cancer, age 51)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1950 (Group toured Europe)
  • Social : Joined group 1939 (Duke Ellington Orchestra)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Frank C. Clifford 6/1996


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer (Lyricist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Duke Ellington Orchestra)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Almost 30 years with band)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male