My People (Duke Ellington album)

My People is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington written and recorded in 1963 for a stage show and originally released on Bob Thiele's short-lived Contact label befor being reissed on the Flying Dutchman label and later released on CD on the Red Baron label.[1][2] The album features recordings of compositions by Ellington for a stage show presented in Chicago as part of the Century of Negro Progress Exposition in 1963.

My People
Studio album by
RecordedAugust 20, 21 & 27, 1963
LabelFlying Dutchman
ProducerBob Thiele
Duke Ellington chronology
Studio Sessions New York 1963
My People
Ellington '65


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and stated: "Ellington created music whose message of racial harmony remains timeless. Due to the high quality of the "Black, Brown and Beige" suite and the shorter originals, this interesting set is more enloyable than one might expect".[3]

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Track listing

All compositions by Duke Ellington
  1. "Ain't But the One/Will You Be There?/99%" - 5:16
  2. "Come Sunday/David Danced Before the Lord" - 6:09
  3. "My Mother, My Father (Heritage)" - 2:50
  4. "Montage" - 6:54
  5. "My People/The Blues" - 8:56
  6. "Workin' Blues/My Man Sends Me/Jail Blues/Lovin' Lover" - 5:57
  7. "King Fit the Battle of Alabam'" - 3:25
  8. "What Color Is Virtue?" - 2:49
  • Recorded at Universal Studios, Chicago on August 20 (tracks 1a, 2, 4, 5b, 6a, 6c & 7), August 21 (tracks 1b, 1c, 3, 5a & 8) and August 27 (tracks 6b & 6d), 1963.



  1. A Duke Ellington Panorama, accessed May 28, 2010.
  2. Anderson, D. Derek's Blog: Duke Ellington's My People, accessed May 14, 2019
  3. Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed May 10, 2010.
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