Duke Ellington takes "A" train to album chart

Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:23pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Late jazz luminary Duke Ellington graced the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time in 41 years this week.

"Best of Duke Ellington" opened at No. 186, marking the bandleader, composer and arranger's first entry since "Francis A. & Edward K.," with Frank Sinatra, reached No. 78 in 1968.

The new collection is the fifth charted title on the Billboard 200 for Ellington, who died in 1974, aged 75.

(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)