Satin Doll

Originally Performed ByDuke Ellington
Phish Debut1988-06-20
Last Played1993-05-08
Current Gap1225
Recommended Versions1988-06-20, 1988-07-23, 1988-08-06, 1989-12-31, 1993-04-12, 1993-05-08
HistorianEllis Godard


This Duke Ellington standard appeared in a baker's dozen regularly spaced appearances (6/20/88 through 2/25/90), and then lay dormant until a 4/12/93 breakout and a 5/8/93 reprise. Trey dedicated the 4/12/93 breakout to his grandmother, saying, “I wouldn’t be here if my grandmother hadn’t danced on this very floor [of the University of Iowa IMU Ballroom] with my grandfather to Duke Ellington, and neither would you.” Other memorable versions include the debut, nicely placed between “Golgi” and “‘A’ Train”; 7/23/88, with Peter Danforth and Dave Grippo on horns; the 8/6/88 “drummer’s choice”; and 12/31/89, oddly followed by “Highway to Hell.” The song was also teased, by Page, during the 12/30/92’A’ Train.”

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