And Ralph Burns, a friend of Strayhorn's, on the latter's gay parties, after the jump.
Billy loved to play host and make sure everybody was eating. That's the kind of party he liked to have. It would be great, because a lot of us had so much in common- a lot of us were in the music business, and we were gay, of course- not that we would stand there and talk about being gay. That wasn't it. It was just really good to be in each other's company. Billy would put these parties together, and they were just a great, easy natural good time.
Update: Here's Billy Strayhorn on the piano about 20 years later with the same song. Thanks, Marla, for finding the link!