Ella Fitzgerald
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1917-04-25
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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald Biography (BBC)

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.

Ella Fitzgerald Biography (Wikipedia)

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

After a tumultuous adolescence, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country but most often associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Fitzgerald's rendition of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" helped boost both her and Webb to national fame. After taking over the band when Webb died, Fitzgerald left it behind in 1942 to start her solo career.

Her manager was Moe Gale, co-founder of the Savoy, until she turned the rest of her career over to Norman Granz, who founded Verve Records to produce new records by Fitzgerald. With Verve she recorded some of her more widely noted works, particularly her interpretations of the Great American Songbook.

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Mack The Knife
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Mack The Knife
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Summertime
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Summertime
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Lullaby Of Broadway
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Lullaby Of Broadway
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Don't Be That Way
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Don't Be That Way
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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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Azure
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Azure
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Gone With The Wind
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Gone With The Wind
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But Not For Me
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But Not For Me
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Can't Buy Me Love
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Can't Buy Me Love
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Night and Day
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Night and Day
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How High the Moon
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How High the Moon
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Get Ready
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Get Ready
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You'll Never Know
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You'll Never Know
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Hernando's Hideaway
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Hernando's Hideaway
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
George Gershwin
Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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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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Slap That Bass
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Slap That Bass
Duke Ellington
Let's Do It - Live (Stockholm 1966)
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Let's Do It - Live (Stockholm 1966)
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Summertime
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Summertime
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All the Things You Are
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All the Things You Are
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You Do Something To Me
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You Do Something To Me
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Embrac Me
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Embrac Me
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These Foolish Things
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These Foolish Things
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If Dreams Come True
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If Dreams Come True
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A Foggy Day (In London Town)
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A Foggy Day (In London Town)
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From This Moment On
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From This Moment On
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Black Coffee
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Black Coffee
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Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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I've Got You Under My Skin
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I've Got You Under My Skin
Harold Arlen
That Old Black Magic
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That Old Black Magic
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Mack The Knife (live)
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Mack The Knife (live)
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Someone to watch over me
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Someone to watch over me
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Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
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Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
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Where Or When
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Where Or When
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Get Happy
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Get Happy
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Always
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Always
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Moonlight In Vermont
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Moonlight In Vermont
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The Lady Is a Tramp
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The Lady Is a Tramp
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Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
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Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
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