Written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, "Satin Doll" became a fast hit when it debuted in 1953. Johnny Mercer later added the lyrics to the hit instrumental version of this song.
At most of his performances, Ellington played "Satin Doll" as his closing number.
The chord progression of "Satin Doll" is well-known for its uniqueness as is its opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.
"Satin Doll" has been covered by a numerous artists and groups including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, The Gaylords and more!