For someone with such an unerring ear for hiring the right musicians, Ellington was comparatively tone deaf when it came to hiring singers.
With the possible . . . and I mean possible . . . exception of Ivie Anderson, every vocalist who sang with the Ellington Orchestra (this is not counting those occasions when he and the band accompanied an established singer like, say, Ella Fitzgerald) was unfathomably lame.
Puzzling, ain't it.