Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do! Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong!
April 25, 1917, Newport News, Virginia – June 15, 1996
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist with a vocal range spanning three octaves. Often referred to as the „First Lady of Song” and the „Queen of Jazz”, she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a horn-like improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
She won an amateur contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre in 1934 and became the star of drummer Chick Webb’s big band the following year. She took it over on Webb’s death (1939) and embarked on a solo career in 1942. In 1946 she began an association with the impresario Norman Granz, through his Jazz at the Philharmonic tours. During the 1950s she recorded a series of LP songbooks, arrangements by Nelson Riddle of American songs. She continued to perform and record jazz with a variety of musicians.
Over the course of her 60-year recording career, she sold 40 million copies of her 70-plus albums, won 14 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.
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