“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do . . . Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” Ella Fitzgerald
b. 4-25-1918, Newport News, VA
d. 6-16-1996, Beverly Hills, CA
Ella is renown for the bebop style, imitating the swoops and soars of different instruments, and singing "scat", nonsense vocal sounds. (Your going to need Real Audio to listen to the file from the Smithsonian Jazz site.)
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Ella Fitzgerald: An Annotated Discography; Including a Complete Discograpy of Chick Webb - Ella Fitzgerald is fondly remembered as America's “First Lady of Song.” She sang Dixieland, swing, blues and wonderful Broadway show tunes by the likes of George Gershwin and Cole Porter. She was one of America’s greatest jazz singers and has left a memorable and highly listenable legacy of recorded songs. This volume is a complete discography of Ella Fitzgerald's music from her first recording with Chick Webb and His Orchestra to her last recorded soundtrack for the motion picture film The Setting Sun. Part One includes a chronological listing of all known recorded performances of both Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald; Part Two gives the complete contents of Ella’s LPs and CDs, including track listings, titles (with lyricists and composers) and timings; Part Three is an alphabetical listing of all songs contained on all of Ella’s records. Reviews of the movies in which Ella appeared and surveys of her career with the Decca, Verve and Pablo music companies are included. The book also has an index of album and CD recordings, and alphabetical references to composers, lyricists, and musicians.
First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald for the Record by Geoffrey Mark Fidelman - a ‘labor of love and respect’ which illuminates Fitzgerald’s elusive personality in an earnest if unauthorized portrait. Fitzgerald’s early years have always been sanitized and for good reason. Never a well-cared-for child, Fitzgerald ended up on the streets after her mother died and was a noticeably ragged figure when she appeared in one of the Apollo Theater’s famous talent shows. Fitzgerald had intended to dance but was so nervous she sang instead and brought down the house. A career was launched, and Fitzgerald devoted herself to her music, maintaining a schedule few could survive, and it did take a toll on her health. Fidelman documents every recording and every tour, pausing to wonder how much Fitzgerald’s manager Norman Granz was to blame for the singer overworking herself even after she developed multiple health problems. Differences in interpretation and emphasis between Fidelman and Nicholson make both books required reading for jazz fans.
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa - Told by Scat Cat Monroe, a feline who earned his name by knowing the ‘Queen of Scat,’ here is Ella’s story done with bright colors, jazzy words, and energetic artwork. A page of biographical information is included. Grade 1-4
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