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 African-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. Her 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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Dream a little dream of me
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I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
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I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
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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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People Will Say We're In Love
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People Will Say We're In Love
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A-Tisket, A-Tasket
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A-Tisket, A-Tasket
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The Lady Is a Tramp
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The Lady Is a Tramp
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Someone to watch over me
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Someone to watch over me
Frank Loesser
IF I WERE A BELL
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IF I WERE A BELL
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The Nearness Of You
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The Nearness Of You
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Something's Gotta Give
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Something's Gotta Give
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Moonlight In Vermont
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Moonlight In Vermont
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Isn't This A Lovely Day
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Isn't This A Lovely Day
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So In Love
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So In Love

So In Love

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All Through The Night
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All Through The Night

All Through The Night

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Buddy Bregman's Orchestra
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Black Coffee
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Black Coffee
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Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer
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Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
George Gershwin
Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Taking a Chance on Love
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Taking a Chance on Love
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You Hit The Spot
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You Hit The Spot
Duke Ellington
In A Mellow Tone
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In A Mellow Tone
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Always
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Always
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Mack The Knife
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Mack The Knife
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Early Autumn
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Early Autumn
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Things Are Looking Up
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Things Are Looking Up
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It's Only A Paper Moon
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It's Only A Paper Moon
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Goody Goody
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Goody Goody
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Crying In The Chapel
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Crying In The Chapel
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BASIN STREET BLUES - ELLA FITZGERALD
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BASIN STREET BLUES - ELLA FITZGERALD
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You'll Never Walk Alone
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You'll Never Walk Alone
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Every time We Say Goodbye
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Every time We Say Goodbye
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Blue Skies
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Blue Skies
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Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
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Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
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Too Darn Hot
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Too Darn Hot
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Manhattan
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Manhattan
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Happy Talk
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Happy Talk
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It's A Lovely Day Today
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It's A Lovely Day Today
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Summertime
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Summertime
Irving Berlin
Blue Skies
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Blue Skies
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