Stevie James, Lilian Terry, Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington
Antibes/Juan les Pins, 1966
This is one of the most precious photographs of the whole collection. The scene is the famous Hotel Provençal in Juan les Pins during the Festival where I was invited as singer. I met Ellington and his retinue and was practically abducted into his clan to the end of his days, bless him! We were having "breakfast at midday" in his suite. I was seated between his nephew Stevie James and immortal Billy "Sweepea" Strayhorn who later wrote and sent me the lyrics to "Star crossed lovers" (which I sing in my CD with Tommy Flanagan). And of course there is Ellington the Great, entertaining us in his kimono, showing off his handsome legs..."
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