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Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Time Magazine cover (August 20, 1956) painting of Duke Ellington (1899-1974) by Peter Hurd of New Mexico.

Ruth Ellington Boatwright
about 1935

A duchess in her own right
The only sibling of jazz musician "Duke" Ellington, Boatwright served as president of her brother's Tempo Music company since its founding in 1941. Her duties included signing contracts, arranging travel, and keeping Ellington's music copyrighted. After his death in 1974, Boatwright maintained Tempo Music until 1995, when she sold 51% of the company to a New York publisher.

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Ruth Ellington Boatwright (born 1915)
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Learn more!
· Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington
· Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration, NMAH
· The Duke Ellington Collection, an NMAH Virtual Tour

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