Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald!

Ella Fitzgerald
"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."
Ella Fitzgerald

Today in Black History....

In 1917, the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. 

Here is Ella singing a few of my favorite Ella songs...

Today Google is commemorating Ella Fitzgerald's 96th birthday with it's Google doodle on its homepage. The doodle shows Ella, also known as 'Queen of Jazz', 'The First Lady of Song' and 'Lady Ella', performing on stage with a band and 'Google' emblazoned on the backdrop.
Ella Fitzgerald's 96th Birthday

Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.
Ella Fitzgerald

"I sing like I feel."
Ella Fitzgerald

Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.)

She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common - they all loved her.
Read more about the life and legacy of Ella Fitzgerald here:

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