Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996), known as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella", was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning 3 octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing & intonation, & a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards.

Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996), known as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella", was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning 3 octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing & intonation, & a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards.

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Ella Jane Fitzgerald  4/25/1917-6/15/1996  American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.	 	Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded "A Tisket-A Tasket" in 1938  and a 14-time Grammy Award winner.

Ella Jane Fitzgerald 4/25/1917-6/15/1996 American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded "A Tisket-A Tasket" in 1938 and a 14-time Grammy Award winner.

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Ella Fitzgerald performing at Mr. Kelly’s (now Gibson’s on Rush), 1958, Chicago.

Ella Fitzgerald performing at Mr. Kelly’s (now Gibson’s on Rush), 1958, Chicago.

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Ella Fitzgerald :: "She brings out the best in everybody, making everyone work…

Ella Fitzgerald :: "She brings out the best in everybody, making everyone work…

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Ella Fitzgerald, Olympia Theatre, Paris, 1960. Photo by Herman Leonard.

Ella Fitzgerald, Olympia Theatre, Paris, 1960. Photo by Herman Leonard.

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"Dream a Little Dream of Me" - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

"Dream a Little Dream of Me" - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald. Call me crazy, but Ella grew more beautiful as the years passed. What a woman !

Ella Fitzgerald. Call me crazy, but Ella grew more beautiful as the years passed. What a woman !

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Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe.    “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt …. she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night .... The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald…

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe. “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt …. she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night .... The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald…

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THE KING WITH HER MAJESTY ELLA… Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald

THE KING WITH HER MAJESTY ELLA… Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald

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