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Ella FitzGerald

by : Melinda Gonzalez

Melinda Gonzalez

on 25 February 2011

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Ella FitzaGerald "first lady of song" she could sing sultry ballads, jazz, & imitate every instrument in the orchestra "I sing like I feel."

Born in Newport News,Virginia
on April 25,1917 On June 15, 1996, Ella Fitzgerald died in her Beverly Hills home due to severe circulatory problems. "I just want to smell the air, listen to the birds and hear Alice laugh," In 1987, United States President Ronald Reagan awarded Ella the National Medal of Arts. In 1987, United States President Ronald Reagan awarded Ella the National Medal of Arts. When overcoming discrimination Marylin Monroe was one of the few who supported her when she wanted to perform at local nightclubs. While on tour with Dizzy Gillespie's band in 1946, Ella fell in love with bassist Ray Brown. The two were married and eventually adopted a son, whom they named Ray, Jr.
"It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts."

"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."
"The only thing better than singing is more singing."

In 1932 Ella's mother died & soon after her stepfather died. Unable to adjust to the new circumstances, Ella became increasingly unhappy and entered into a difficult period of her life. Her grades dropped dramatically, and she frequently skipped school. After getting into trouble with the police, she was taken into custody and sent to a reform school. Living there was even more unbearable, as she suffered beatings at the hands of her caretakers.

Eventually Ella escaped from the reformatory. The 15-year-old found herself broke and alone during the Great Depression, and strove to endure.

In 1934 Ella's name was pulled in a weekly drawing at the Apollo and she won the opportunity to compete in Amateur Night.Fueled by enthusiastic supporters, Ella began entering - and winning - every talent show she could find. Biography First stage performance: Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, 1934
First recording: “Love and Kisses,” Decca – 1936
First number one song: “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” – 1938 "Music comes out of her. When she walks down the street, she leaves notes."
-- Jimmy Rowles "If you want to learn how to sing, listen to Ella Fitzgerald."
-- Vincente Minnelli

"Ella's voice becomes the orchestra's richest and most versatile sound."
-- Arthur Fiedler
"The best way to start any musical evening is with this girl. It don't get better than this."
-- Frank Sinatra

"Ella is the boss lady. That's all."
-- Billy Strayhorn
Achievements she was inducted into the Down Beat magazine Hall of Fame, and received Kennedy Center Honors for her continuing contributions to the arts "All I can say is that she gave to me as much as she could," Ray, Jr. later said, "and she loved me as much as she could."
From 1956-1964, she recorded covers of other musicians' albums, including those by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, and Rodgers and Hart. •Throughout her career, Ella recorded at least 200 albums. •13 Grammy awards Louis Armstrong Duke Ellington Ella FitzGerald has impacted society by aiding foundations,contributing to civil rights protests, and being one of the many brave african american artists to not care about the discrimination and just sing. With that, she influenced many to do that same.
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