Take the A Train Jul 3, 2013 “Take the ‘A’ Train” written by Billy Strayhorn was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. First recorded in January 1941, the title refers to a subway service in NYC that ran from Brooklyn to Harlem on an express track. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) You might also like these posts: 2 Comments Holly on July 3, 2013 at 6:43 am Excellent song. Did it have anything to do with the war? Reply cheval73 on July 3, 2013 at 7:07 am “Take the ‘A’ Train” was composed in 1939, after Ellington offered Billy Strayhorn a job in his organization and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, “Take the A Train” – a relatively new subway service that ran through New York City, going from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan. Reply Comments, contributions, corrections, and suggestions are always welcome: Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.