Ella Fitzgerald
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1917-04-25
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Ella Fitzgerald

Biography

The story of Ella Fitzgerald is a classic rags to riches tale, of her ascent from a one-parent family in Yonkers, New York, to headlining at the Savoy with Chick Webb by way of winning a talent contest at the ...

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Biography

The story of Ella Fitzgerald is a classic rags to riches tale, of her ascent from a one-parent family in Yonkers, New York, to headlining at the Savoy with Chick Webb by way of winning a talent contest at the Apollo Theatre and landing her first professional gigs with bandleader Tiny Bradshaw. Once she joined Webb, in 1934, it was not long before she began to break through to a large audience, and eventually had a major hit with A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1938).

She recorded copiously both with Webb and under her own name with members of his band. She took over running the orchestra when he died of TB in 1939, but broke up the band in the early 1940s to focus on a solo career. She recorded some fine discs for Milt Gabler, her producer at Decca, but then she moved to the Verve label, set up by Norman Granz, who also directed the Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts on which she became a firm and popular fixture.

For Granz she recorded her splendid series of Songbook albums, which are some of the finest ever recorded versions of classic American songs by the likes of Kern, Gershwin, Berlin and Ellington. Fitzgerald's light, sweet, voice and perfect diction was ideal for delivering these songs, but she could also improvise and scat sing with great freedom, which made her an ideal member of the JATP touring jam sessions. She dominated the world of jazz and popular song for half a century, continuing to appear into the early 1990s when failing sight and physical frailty finally ended her career.



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Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
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Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
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Cheerful Little Earful
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Cheerful Little Earful
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Can't We Be Friends
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Can't We Be Friends
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Can't Buy Me Love
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Can't Buy Me Love
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Manhattan
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Manhattan
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Five O'Clock Whistle
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Five O'Clock Whistle
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Someone To Watch Over Me
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Someone To Watch Over Me
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Hotta Chocolatta
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Hotta Chocolatta
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I Get A Kick Out Of You
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I Get A Kick Out Of You
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Goody Goody
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Goody Goody
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A Kiss Goodnight
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A Kiss Goodnight
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You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
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You Keep Coming Back Like A Song
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I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
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I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
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Anything Goes
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Anything Goes
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Do I Love You?
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Do I Love You?
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I've Got You Under My Skin
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I've Got You Under My Skin
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
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Skylark
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Skylark
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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
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Ella Fitzgerald Biography

The story of Ella Fitzgerald is a classic rags to riches tale, of her ascent from a one-parent family in Yonkers, New York, to headlining at the Savoy with Chick Webb by way of winning a talent contest at the Apollo Theatre and landing her first professional gigs with bandleader Tiny Bradshaw. Once she joined Webb, in 1934, it was not long before she began to break through to a large audience, and eventually had a major hit with A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1938).

She recorded copiously both with Webb and under her own name with members of his band. She took over running the orchestra when he died of TB in 1939, but broke up the band in the early 1940s to focus on a solo career. She recorded some fine discs for Milt Gabler, her producer at Decca, but then she moved to the Verve label, set up by Norman Granz, who also directed the Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts on which she became a firm and popular fixture.

For Granz she recorded her splendid series of Songbook albums, which are some of the finest ever recorded versions of classic American songs by the likes of Kern, Gershwin, Berlin and Ellington. Fitzgerald's light, sweet, voice and perfect diction was ideal for delivering these songs, but she could also improvise and scat sing with great freedom, which made her an ideal member of the JATP touring jam sessions. She dominated the world of jazz and popular song for half a century, continuing to appear into the early 1990s when failing sight and physical frailty finally ended her career.

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