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Mercer Ellington (1919–1996)

Composer ("Things Ain't What They Used to Be"), trumpeter, conductor, and arranger, educated at Juilliard, New York University, and Columbia University. He formed his own band in 1939, and served in the US Army during World War II, then led his band until 1949. By 1954 he was the road manager and trumpeter for the Cootie Williams orchestra, and ... See full bio »

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(age 76) in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Wonder Boys Soundtrack
(2000)
Metro Soundtrack
(1997)
(1989)

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 2015 A Royal Night Out (music: "Things Ain't What They Used To Be")
 2012 Great West End Theatres (TV Series documentary) (music - 10 episodes)
- Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (2012) ... (music: "Things Ain't What They Used to Be")
- St Martin's Theatre (2012) ... (music: "Things Ain't What They Used to Be")
- Prince of Wales Theatre (2012) ... (music: "Things Ain't What They Used to Be")
- Noël Coward Theatre (2012) ... (music: "Things Ain't What They Used to Be")
- Piccadilly Theatre (2012) ... (music: "Things Ain't What They Used to Be")
 2000 Wonder Boys (writer: "Things Ain't What They Used to Be")
 1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (writer: "Moon Mist")
 1997 Metro (music: "THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE")
 1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys (producer: "Perdido", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me")
 1981 Zoot Suit (writer: "Blue Serge" - uncredited)
 1965 NDR Jazz Workshops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- No. 40 (1965) ... (writer: "Things Ain't What They Used To Be")
 1943 Cabin in the Sky (writer: "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (1942) - uncredited)
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 1990 True Colors (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Unaired Pilot ... (composer: theme music)
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 1991 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Himself
 1991 Michael Feinstein & Friends (TV Movie)
Himself
 1975-1978 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - Musician / Himself - Orchestra Leader
- Episode #17.205 (1978) ... Himself - Musician
- Episode #16.117 (1977) ... Himself - Orchestra Leader
- Episode #15.31 (1975) ... Himself - Musician
 1976 Jazz Ship (TV Series)
Himself
- Episode #2.6 (1976) ... Himself
- Episode #2.5 (1976) ... Himself
- Episode #2.4 (1976) ... Himself
- Episode #2.3 (1976) ... Himself
- Episode #2.2 (1976) ... Himself
 1975 Super Bowl IX (TV Special)
Himself - Halftime Performer
 1974 On the Road with Duke Ellington (Documentary)
Himself
 1967 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series)
Himself
- On the Road with Duke Ellington (1967) ... Himself
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(April 9 to May 30, 2010) He was original music director for the musical, "Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies," in The Arena Stage production at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C. Donald McKayle was producer. Lloyd Mayers was dance and musical arranger. Malcolm Dodds and Lloyd Mayers were vocal arrangers. Charles ... See more »
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Has four children two sons Paul, Edward Kennedy and two daughters Mercedes and Gaye See more »

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