Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ella

Ella Fitzgerald was born today in Newport News, Virginia, in 1917. Recording more than 200 albums, many still available - or available again on cd - The First Lady of Song was one of the most influential jazz singers ever. Her voice spanned three octaves and she had a legendary purity of tone and phrasing, and a tremendous improvisational ability, especially in scat. I grew up listening to her (she's one of my father's favorite singers), and one of my favorite albums is the wonderful Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis, Ella & Louis Again, and Porgy and Bess.

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At 12:14 PM, April 25, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Have you heard Ella's live-in-LA album from ca. 50 years ago, that was unearthed and released a couple years ago? She was at her absolute peak then! (Not that I'm a fan, or anything -- LOL!)

At 1:49 PM, April 25, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

No, but it sounds like (a) I must and (b) a perfect Father's Day present!


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