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Published on Feb 23, 2010
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, Frank Sinatra, 101 Strings, and Nancy Wilson.
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.
It is possible that the music was not composed by Ellington but by pianist-arranger Billy Strayhorn, who worked closely with Ellington.
The popular 1950s group, The Gaylords had a minor hit with "Satin Doll" in 1958, with a version containing lyrics completely different than those written by Johnny Mercer.