publication date: Sunday, December 25, 2016 (part of Winter 2017)

category: Music

clue: This pianist and member of jazz royalty did mean a thing, and did have that swing.

explanation: Ellington's most famous songs included "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." The phrase "jazz royalty" was a play on his nickname Duke. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, and Jesse King


Similar Goos

Jim Morrison

His band's first hit really lit the fire of their career. Everywhere they went, people thought they were strange. In the end, he broke on through to the other side. Go »

Demi Lovato

She loves to keep fans guessing: First she's a family member of a purple dinosaur, then she's starring in a series about the weather, then her career peaks after cardiac arrest. Go »

Harry Wayne Casey

This sunny singer loves to get down once, boogie twice, and shake four times. Go »

Gucci Mane

What do an animal's hair and a leather handbag company have in common? This rapper. Go »

James Valentine

Adam Levine stops singing whenever this guitarist jams through another solo. Go »

Jon Secada

Neither of the days that this Cuban-American won his Grammy awards were just another. Go »