Drop Me Off in Harlem
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
A.H. Lawrence writes that the song originated from an off the cuff remark from Ellington. Nick Kenny had hailed a taxi, and offered to share it with Ellington. Kenny asked “Where to, Duke?”, and Ellington replied “Drop me off at Harlem”. Kenny then fashioned lyrics from Ellington’s remark and presented him with them a few days later at the Cotton Club.
The Great Summit | The Master Takes is a 2001 Blue Note album by Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. It’s a reissue of the two Roulette albums Together For The First Time and The Great Reunion from 1961.The contents of this album is an all-Ellington program performed by himself and Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. These 17 selections are the entire result of the only studio meeting by Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.