My People is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington written and recorded in for a stage show and originally released on Bob Thiele's short-lived Contact label before being reissued on the Flying Dutchman label. My People is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington written and recorded in for a stage show and originally released on. Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington's My People - The Complete Show. Label: Storyville – , Storyville – Format: CD, Album, Reissue. Duke Ellington's 'My People' opened in Chicago Aug. Duke Ellington did everything. He wrote the music, the words, directed it and did the. Editorial Reviews. Digitally re-mastered edition of this album from the Jazz great. Duke Ellington was perhaps Jazz music's greatest composer of the 20th. This Storyville issue of Duke Ellington's show My People does have quite a few more songs from the show than appeared on previously issued CD's. When it came to choosing a composer to create a musical work to mark the th anniversary of the Declaration of Emancipation, Duke Ellington was first on. In fact, by calling it "My People", the Duke was making a firm stance against such injustices - and his narration of the title-track (ironically subtitled "Soap. Duke Ellington's My People. Duke Ellington Ain't But the One / Will You Be There? / 99% Workin' Blues / My Man Sends Me / Jail Blues / Lovin' Lover. Listen to Duke Ellington's My People on Spotify. Duke Ellington · Album · · 8 songs.