Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ella Fitzgerald 100 -- April 25, 2017


Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, was born 100 years ago today, 25-April-1917.  I grew up hearing her sing on the radio and television.  When I had enough money to buy albums, I bought her American Songbooks.

We saw her in person once, at the Marin Civic Center.  I don't remember what songs she sang, but I remember her trading licks with Joe Pass.

I love her stuff with Chick Webb, who became her legal guardian.  

Ella developed her talent for scat singing while working with Dizzy Gillespie, 

I bought copies of the songbooks for my fiancee.  We had some of the songs played at our wedding reception. 

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