10 facts about ella fitzgerald

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10 facts about ella fitzgerald

Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald by Tanya Lee Stone

The name “Ella Fitzgerald” brings to mind a silky voice crooning jazz standards. The First Lady of Song earned her nickname by touring almost nonstop for over fifty years, winning thirteen Grammys, and recording album after album.

But who was the woman behind the name? How did a teenage runaway become a renowned jazz singer? Long after her homeless days, Ella remained insecure—she often suffered stage fright. Yet she was a born performer, able to improvise lyrics and record songs in single takes. She even seemed more comfortable on stage than off, and close friends found her hard to truly know.

Tanya Lee Stone’s Up Close biography delivers several never-before-published details of this intensely private, legendary singer’s life.

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Celebrating the legacy of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, here are 10 important facts to know about the First Lady of Song | iHeartRadio.
Tanya Lee Stone

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most exciting jazz singers of her time and, because of the naturalness of her style, had a popular appeal that extended far beyond the borders of jazz. Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, , in Newport News, Virginia, but spent her formative years in Yonkers, New York, and received her musical education in its public schools. When only 16, she received her first big break at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, when she won an amateur night contest and impressed saxophonistbandleader Benny Carter. He recommended her to drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, who hired her in She soon became a recording star with the band, and her own composition "A-tisket, A-tasket" was such a smash hit that the song became her trademark for many years thereafter.


Pioneering jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald —who was born on April 25, —helped revolutionize the genre. Celebrate the life of the artist known as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, or just plain ol' Lady Ella with these fascinating facts. Though she attempted to launch her career as a dancer more on that in a moment , Ella Fitzgerald was a jazz enthusiast from a very young age. My mother brought home one of her records, and I fell in love with it. I tried so hard to sound just like her. Eventually, to escape the violence, she moved to Harlem to live with her aunt. While she had been a great student when she was younger, it was following that move that her dedication to education faltered.


  1. Sunta G. says:

    As Google celebrates the jazz singer's 96th birthday with a vibrant Doodle, we give you 10 facts you should know about her.

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