Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1917-04-25
Death 1996-06-15
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Ella Fitzgerald (b. April 25, 1917, Newport News, VA–d. June 15, 1996, Beverly Hills, CA) was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

After tumultuous teenage years, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country, but most often associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Fitzgerald left the band in 1942 to start a solo career.

Her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career. In 1993, Fitzgerald capped off her fifty-nine year career with her last public performance.

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Subjects:

  • Singers--United States
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • African American cooking
  • Singers
  • Jazz musicians--United States
  • Arrangers (Musicians)
  • Jazz vocals
  • Arrangers (Musicians)--United States
  • Popular music
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Popular music--United States
  • Jazz
  • Jazz musicians
  • Women jazz singers--United States--Archival resources

Occupations:

  • Singers
  • Singers
  • Jazz musicians
  • Performer

Places:

  • United States, 00, US
  • Newport News, VA, US
  • Beverly Hills, CA, US