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  Ella Fitzgerald - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ella's name was pulled in a weekly drawing at the Apollo and she won the opportunity to compete in one of the earliest of its famous "Amateur Nights".
Fitzgerald is sometimes referred to as the quintessential swing singer, and her meetings with Count Basie are highly regarded by critics.
Fitzgerald's appearance with Sinatra and Count Basie in June 1974 for a series of concerts at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas was seen as an important impetus upon Sinatra returning from his self-imposed retirement of the early 1970's.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ella_Fitzgerald   (3725 words)

  
 Biography - Ella Fitzgerald (Bio 51)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Ella's series of duets with pianist Ellis Larkins in 1950 (a 1954 encore with Larkins was a successful follow-up) found her interpreting George Gershwin songs, predating her upcoming Songbook series.
Ella's Capitol and Reprise recordings of 1967-70 are not on the same level as she attempted to "update" her singing by including pop songs such as "Sunny" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," sounding quite silly in the process.
Ella Fitzgerald, 'Ella & Duke At The Cote D'Azur', 1966, Verve, Galactic
musicbase.h1.ru /PPB/ppb0/Bio_51.htm   (1011 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald Official Website: Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917.
In 1934, Ella's name was pulled in a weekly drawing at the Apollo and she won the opportunity to compete in Amateur Night.
Ella continued to work as hard as she had early on in her career, despite the ill effects on her health.
www.ellafitzgerald.com /about/bio   (317 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald in performance at the peak of her 50-year vocal career.
Ella decided to sing a song from an album of one of her favorite performers, Connee Boswell, called "The Object of My Affection." Amazingly enough, the notoriously harsh audience at the Apollo stopped laughing, and soon began clapping for more.
Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Va., on April 25, 1917, but spent most of her childhood in Yonkers, N.Y., where she moved shortly after her father died.
www.loc.gov /loc/lcib/9708/ella.html   (1189 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald On Verve Records!
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-96) was, along with Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday, one of the most important vocalists to emerge from the big-band era.
Fitzgerald was born out of wedlock in Newport News, Virginia, to a laundress mother and a father who disappeared when she was three years old.
In the late 1940s Fitzgerald began to tour with the Jazz at the Philharmonic troupe, working with such leading musicians as saxophonist Lester Young, trumpeter Roy Eldridge, pianist Oscar Peterson, and bassist Ray Brown, to whom she was married for four years.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /verve/artist.asp?aid=2685   (675 words)

  
 HighBeam Encyclopedia - Fitzgerald, Ella   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Principally a jazz and blues singer of remarkably sweet and effortless style, Fitzgerald was noted for her sophisticated interpretation of songs by George Gershwin and Cole Porter and for her scat singing, an extremely inventive form of vocal jazz improvisation.
Ella Fitzgerald's will leaves estate and all her affairs to trust fund.
Ella Fitzgerald undergoes partial amputation of legs; recovering in Europe.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/F/FitzgEl.asp   (309 words)

  
 Solid! -- Ella Fitzgerald Biography
Fitzgerald was born in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia.
After Fitzgerald's mother was killed in a car wreck she stayed with her stepfather briefly before moving in with an aunt.
It was alternately called ''Ella Fitzgerald's Orchestra'' and ''Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Band.'' Within a few years, however, she had grown tired of being a bandleader and went solo.
www.parabrisas.com /d_fitzgeralde.php   (536 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Ella's half-sister, Frances, was born in 1923, and soon she began referring to Joe as her stepfather.
Ella played with the new style, often using her voice to take on the role of another horn in the band.
In his absence the band was renamed "Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Band," and she took on the overwhelming task of bandleader.
great-song-stylists-uk.com /Ellafitzgerald/ellafitzgerald.htm   (2138 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald, MP3 Music Download at eMusic
Fitzgerald's series of duets with pianist Ellis Larkins in 1950 (a 1954 encore with Larkins was a successful follow-up) found her interpreting George Gershwin songs, predating her upcoming Songbooks series.
Fitzgerald's Capitol and Reprise recordings of 1967-1970 are not on the same level as she attempted to "update" her singing by including pop songs such as "Sunny" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," sounding quite silly in the process.
By 1994, Ella Fitzgerald was in retirement and she passed away two years later, but she remains a household name and scores of her recordings are easily available on CD.
www.emusic.com /artist/10559/10559327.html   (943 words)

  
 Salon | The Last Jazz Giant: Ella Fitzgerald, 1917-1996
Ella Fitzgerald was the last master jazz performer (with the possible exception of Benny Carter) to be influenced by all phases of the music firsthand.
Fitzgerald soared beyond the jazz audience in 1956 with that tune and others on "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook" (Verve), which took mainstream pop away from Broadway and Vegas for all time.
Likewise, "Ella & Louis" (Verve), her first full-length collaboration with Armstrong, delivers flat out fun and wry wit of unmatched consistency (her imitations of Louis' gravel voice are the most loving tweaks imaginable).
www.salon.com /dec96/ella961216.html   (617 words)

  
 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald was orphaned in early childhood and moved to New York to attend an orphanage school in Yonkers.
Fitzgerald also has a gift for mimicry that allows her to imitate other well-known singers (from Louis Armstrong to Aretha Franklin) and jazz instruments.
As an interpreter of popular songs she is limited by a certain innate cheerfulness from handling drama and pathos convincingly, but is unrivaled in her rendition of light material and for her ease in slipping in and out of the jazz idiom.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_fitzgerald_ella.htm   (540 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 - June 15, 1996), also known as Lady Ella, was one of the most important jazz singers, and the winner of thirteen Grammy Awards.
Ella's later concerts were often enriched by some hilarious imitations of other singers: in particular, she was able to render quite perfectly Marilyn Monroe's voice and typical gestures, as well as Louis Armstrong's.
With Ellington's band, Lady Ella (as she was now called by other singers) toured Europe and North America, classically opening their shows with the famous Ellington's hit "Take the 'A' train", of which she was one of the few to sing - in her unique way - the little known lyrics.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Ella_Fitzgerald.html   (766 words)

  
 Smithsonian Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald was barely 18 years old when she was invited to sing professionally with Chick Webb's Orchestra - one of New York City's most popular swing bands, and the house band at the swinging Savoy Ballroom.
Paragraph 3: Ella Fitzgerald, a classic American singer, had a wide appeal and chose her musical repertoire from a variety of sources, including jazz, pop and Broadway show tunes.
Ella Fitzgerald was performing in Berlin, Germany when this happened - she suddenly forgot the words to her song.
www.smithsonianjazz.org /class/fitzgerald/ef_match.asp   (743 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald News
Tina Fabrique plays Ella Fitzgerald in 'Ella.' The actress started singing jazz by the time she was 12, and performed with bands such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra before broadening her horizons into theater.
Fitzgerald, whose romantically distinctive voice has gently passed from generation to generation since her first recordings in 1936, didn't so...
Jazz musician Jack Fallon, who performed with Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington and booked the Beatles and Rolling Stones early in their careers, has died at the age of 90.
www.topix.net /who/ella-fitzgerald   (624 words)

  
 redsugar's Ella Fitzgerald Page
According to various biographers, Ella was born in Newport News, Virginia, on April 25, 1917, but moved to Yonkers with her stepfather and mother, as an infant.
Upon hearing Fitzgerald sing, Gale was speechless (even at 16, how could he not be?), and she was hired for her first professional singing job.
Fitzgerald simply exists in tune, and she hits every note that there is without the slightest trace of effort.
www.redsugar.com /ella.html   (2473 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald Tribute   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Ella lived and worked at a time in this country when being fl was synonymous with being inferior, when mistreatment was the norm, when entrances to most white-owned clubs were almost always through the back door.
Ella was a woman of remarkable character and deeply held faith who possessed an incredible vocal talent.
Ella, like generations of fl women, provided me with an example of faith, tolerance, the value of work, and the power of love.
www.public.iastate.edu /~vwindsor/Ella.html   (359 words)

  
 Sweeq: ella fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald served as an ambassador for both the music and our country.
Born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917, Ella Fitzgerald moved with her...
Ella Fitzgerald photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1940 · Enlarge...
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 Ella Fitzgerald: Listen to the Lady
Ella Fitzgerald's amazing skills as a scat singer are featured in an extended excerpt from the standard, "How High the Moon".
The Verve years were the peak of Ella Fitzgerald's career both artistically and in terms of commercial success.
Ella's first hit record, with Chick Webb and His Orchestra, recorded May 2, 1938 for Decca when Ella was 20.
museum.media.org /ella/misc/listen.html   (608 words)

  
 NPR's Jazz Profiles: Ella Fitzgerald
Ella was the undisputed queen of jazz singing and American popular song.
He featured Ella on half on the selections, but after they hit it big in 1938 with the novelty smash, "A-Tisket A-Tasket," Ella was never absent from the bandstand.
Ella's rare combination of confidence and innocence reflected the spirit of mid-20th century America.
www.npr.org /programs/jazzprofiles/archive/fitzgerald_e.html   (531 words)

  
 American Masters . Ella Fitzgerald | PBS
Living in Yonkers, Fitzgerald attended public school, where she sang in the glee club and received her musical education.
After her early success at the Apollo, and as a popular performer at a number of other amateur venues, Fitzgerald was invited to join Chick Webb's band.
Though her voice was not what it had been, Fitzgerald's enthusiasm and charisma continued to excite crowds well into the 1980s.
www.pbs.org /wnet/americanmasters/database/fitzgerald_e.html   (599 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald, 1917 - 1996
Ella simply is what great pop singing is all about.
She personified jazz for more than 60 years and, perhaps more significantly, earned the undying affection of a mass audience comparable to that of any pop icon.
Next on GAS Audio Edition: The personal life of the late Ella Fitzgerald, and her present and future influence on music.
museum.media.org /ella   (341 words)

  
 Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald jazz singer Born: 4/25/1917 Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia Grammy Award-winning...
Ella Fitzgerald: the Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa - Distributor: Weston Woods A cool cat celebrates the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald in this...
Ella Fitzgerald - Jazz Singer, born 25 April 1918, Jazz vocalist known for scat singing
www.factmonster.com /ce6/people/A0818803.html   (246 words)

  
 CNN - Ella Fitzgerald dies at age 78 - June 15, 1996
From Harlem to Hamburg, Fitzgerald thrilled her audiences with a crystal clear voice, gliding effortlessly from low notes to high, from be-bop to ballads.
Born in Virginia and raised in New York, Fitzgerald began her professional career at the age of 16.
Composer Quincy Jones said that Fitzgerald was a major influence not only on his career, but on American music.
www.cnn.com /SHOWBIZ/9606/15/fitzgerald.obit   (483 words)

  
 Smithsonian Jazz
In the 1930s, amateur contests were among the most popular attractions at theaters in Ella Fitzgerald's neighborhood of Harlem, NY.
Ella never stopped pushing the limits of her singing voice.
Activity: Ella Fitzgerald's voice was strong enough to perform as an instrument of the orchestra.
www.smithsonianjazz.org /class/fitzgerald/ef_class_1.asp   (460 words)

  
 RADIO.BLOG.CLUB - Ella_fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass - The Thrill Is Gone.mp3
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong with Oscar Peterson - Stompin' at the Savoy [192]
Ella Fitzgerald And Duke Ellington - Mack The Knife
www.radioblogclub.com /search/0/ella_fitzgerald   (272 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald: Music: Ella Fitzgerald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Also, while the Burns' CD shows off Ella's gorgeous voice and glorious scatting (Ella's scatting is a cure for anything that ails you), I think he shortchanges her ballad work.
Ella is without question the greatest American singer of all time.
Ella is an extraordinary and refreshing exception to most Jazz vocalists.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000069ON?v=glance   (1439 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Best of the Songbooks: Love Songs: Music: Ella Fitzgerald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Finding the best of Ella is not easy, given her vast legacy and super- high quality, but this is a good place to start.
Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook ~ Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, Vol.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000473Q?v=glance   (1144 words)

  
 Fitzgerald, Ella -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Fitzgerald's birth parents both died when she was a child; she never knew her father and her mother died about 1935.
"Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song," in: Great Women in the Struggle, edited by Toyomi Igus.
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