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Transcript of Ella Fitzgerald
She went to public school, where she sang in the Glee Club and received her musical education in New York. Her parents got divorced, so she was in a bad environment but turned to music as a better path in life.
Ella was known as "The First Lady of Jazz". Her unique ability to mimicking instrumental sounds helped popularize the vocal improvisation of "scatting" which became her signature technique. Because of this, at the very first Grammy Awards in 1958, Fitzgerald picked up her first two Grammys—and made history as the first African-American woman to win a Grammy—for best individual jazz performance and best female vocal performance.
Ella Fitzgerald family life was rough. Her dad William Fitzgerald and her mom Temperance "Tempie" Williams Fitzgerald had divorced a month after she was born, and she moved with her mother to Yonkers, New York. They lived there with her mom's boyfriend, Joseph De Sailva. In 1923, her mom had Ella's half sister Frances. They were in a financial struggle, so she helped her family out by working as a messenger "running numbers" and acting as a lookout for a brothel. Her first career aspiration was to become a dancer. Her mother later got a heart attack, and died in 1932, leaving her to stay with an aunt. She skipped school a lot, but she went to reform school, and she didn't stay too long. By 1934, Ella was trying to make it on her own and living on the streets. Still harboring dreams of becoming an entertainer, she entered an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater. She sang the Hoagy Carmichael tune "Judy" and wowed the audience. Fitzgerald performed a second song and went on to win the contest's $25 first place prize.
Born: April 5, 1917
Died: June 15, 1996
Birth Location: Newport News, Virginia
Most recent location: New York
Mom: Temperance Williams Fitzgerald
Dad: William Fitzgerald
Half Sister: Frances
Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald was such an amazing woman. Following a troubled childhood, she turned to singing and debuted at the Apollo Theater in 1934. Discovered in an amateur contest, she became the top female jazz singer for more than 50 years. In 1958, she made history as the first African-American woman to win a Grammy award. Due to no small part to her vocal quality, with lucid intonation and a broad range, the singer would go on to win 13 Grammy awards, and sell more than 40 million albums throughout her career.Her ability to please the crowed will be remebered through her popular music and her
Contributions to music
by Devanshi, Abby, Ale, and Poyo
Samples of Ella's work
Some of her songs:
Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love
I Only Have Eyes for You
Too Marvelous for Words
A Tisket, A Tasket
Genres: Swing, bebop, traditional pop, vocal jazz
"How High The Moon"
"How High The Moon" is the song you are listening to right now. "How High the Moon" is a jazz standard with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis. It was first featured in the 1940 Broadway revue Two for the Show, where it was first sung by Alfred Drake and Frances Comstock.
Even though her childhood time was tough she still contributed her time and most of her childhood to music .She got lots of awards because of contributing to music.
-She was the first African-American to win a Grammy.
-In 1986, she discovered she had diabetes, which left her blind, and had both legs amputated in 1994. Later, she died in her Beverly Hills home in 1996.
-She won 13 Grammys, made 200 albums, recorded 2k+ songs, and her record sales reached over 40 million.
-She was also called the High Priestess of Song.
-She also won the NAACP Image Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"How High The Moon"