Monday 29 March 2010

Duke Spirit

On 30 September 1947, in his Hollywood recording studios, Duke Ellington and his band (which at the time included jazz luminaries Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges and Oscar Pettiford) knocked out a track which must be a record (no pun intended).

With the help of vocalist Ray Nance, Ellington recorded a tune with, surely, one of the longest words in the Oxford English Dictionary:

You're Just An Old Antidisestablishmentarianismist

And no, Pepsi's strapline from the 1970s Lipsmackinthirstquenchinacetastinmotivatingoodbuzzincooltalkinhighwalkinfastlivinevergivincoolfizzin doesn't count!


  1. I would say "what were they ON?', but we all know...

  2. What a mighty pic - have you checked out this album for more Playfulness from a similar age.

    Good work with your guesses tonight

  3. Dig Johnny Hodges and would love to know what he and Duke Ellington talked about when they were having a drink at the bar.

  4. Congratulations your the closest I've ever got with googlewhacks only 2 results with antidisestablishmentarianismist hatstands!