Ella Fitzgerald

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Legal name: Ella Jane Fitzgerald

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Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) 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's rendition of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" helped boost both her and Webb to national fame. Taking over the band after Webb died, Fitzgerald left it behind in 1942 to start a solo career that would last effectively the rest of her life.

Signed with manager and Savoy co-founder Moe Gale from early in her career, she eventually gave managerial control for her performance and recording career to Norman Granz, who built up the label Verve Records based in part on Fitzgerald's vocal abilities. With Verve she recorded some of her more widely noted works, particularly her interpretation of the Great American Songbook.

While Fitzgerald appeared in movies and as a guest on popular television shows in the second half of the twentieth century, her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career. These partnerships produced recognizable songs like "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Cheek to Cheek", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". In 1993, Fitzgerald capped off her sixty-year career with her last public performance. Three years later, she died at the age of 79, following years of decline in her health. After her passing, Fitzgerald's influence lived on through her fourteen Grammy Awards, National Medal of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and tributes in the form of stamps, music festivals, and theater namesakes.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Unique Ella Fitzgerald 1
2008 Legendary Radio Broadcasts Ella Fitzgerald & Mildred Bailey 1
2008 Rétrospective 1936-1956 Ella Fitzgerald 1
2008 Purely... Ella Fitzgerald 1
2008 Ella & Louis Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
2008 Songbooks: Sings Cole Porter & Rogers and Hart Ella Fitzgerald 2
2009 The Great American Songbook Ella Fitzgerald 1
2009 Ella & Louis: Together Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
2009 Golden Voices (Remastered) Ella Fitzgerald 1
2009 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 2
2009 Legendary Recordings Ella Fitzgerald 1
2010 The Rough Guide to Jazz Legends: Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 5 2
2011 ICON: Love Songs Ella Fitzgerald 1
2011 Singing and Swinging Together Ella & Louis 1
2011 Colección Grandes Maestros del Jazz 2 Ella Fitzgerald 1
2012 Mitos do jazz, Volume 3: Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 1
2012 Seven Classic Albums Ella Fitzgerald 1
2012 More Than a Dream Ella & Louis 1
2012 Ella Fitzgerald Christmas Ella Fitzgerald 1
2012 Coleção Folha grandes vozes, Volume 10: Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 1
2012 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Nat King Cole & Ella Fitzgerald 1
2013 Dearly Beloved Ella Fitzgerald 1
2013 The Diamond Collection Ella Fitzgerald 1
2013 Six Classic Albums, Volume 2 Ella Fitzgerald 1
2013 The Complete Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions (1934-1941) Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb 1
2014 Six Classic Albums, Volume 3 Ella Fitzgerald 1
2015 Gold Ella Fitzgerald 1
A Kiss Goodnight Ella Fitzgerald 1
Ballads & Blues Ella Fitzgerald 1
Basin Street Blues Ella Fitzgerald 2
Basin Street Blues Ella Fitzgerald 1
Compact Jazz Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald 1
Ella - The Magic of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 1
Ella & Her Fellas Ella Fitzgerald 1
Ella & Louis Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
Ella & Louis Classic Album Collection Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
Ella & Satchmo Together Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald 1
Ella and Louis Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 1
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington Songbooks Ella Fitzgerald 1
Ella Sings, Chick Swings Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb 1
Essential: Masters of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald 1
Hallelujah Ella Fitzgerald 1
I Giganti del Jazz & Pop Ella Fitzgerald 1
I've Got You Under My Skin Ella Fitzgerald 1
If I Didn't Care The Ink Spots feat. Ella Fitzgerald 1
Love Songs Ella Fitzgerald 1
Love You Madly Ella Fitzgerald 1
Mr Paganini Ella Fitzgerald 1
Reader's Digest: The Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Her Greatest Performances Ella Fitzgerald 1
Rhythm and Romance Ella Fitzgerald 1
So Danco Samba Ella Fitzgerald 1
Sugar Blues Ella Fitzgerald 1
Swing It Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Best Of Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Best of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1953-1954 Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Chronological Classics: Ella Fitzgerald 1954-1955 Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Ella Fitzgerald Gold Collection Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Essential Ella Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Essential Ella Fitzgerald: The Great Songs Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Jazz Collector Edition Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Kings Of Swing, Volume 4 Ella Fitzgerald, Teddy Wilson & Tommy Dorsey 1
The Magic Collection Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Magic Duets Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1
The Platinum Collection Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 1
The Wonderful World of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Ella in Hollywood Ella Fitzgerald 5
1966 Ella in Hamburg Ella Fitzgerald 2
1967 Ella & Duke at the Côte d'Azur Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald 2
1969 Sunshine of Your Love Ella Fitzgerald 2
1973 Newport Jazz Festival: Live at Carnegie Hall, July 5, 1973 Ella Fitzgerald 5 2
1974 Ella in London Ella Fitzgerald 3
1975 Ella Fitzgerald at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 Ella Fitzgerald 2
1978 Montreux '77 Ella Fitzgerald 3
1979 A Perfect Match: Ella and Basie Ella Fitzgerald & The Count Basie Orchestra 3
1980 Digital III at Montreux Fitzgerald / Basie / Pass 2
1983 Ella à Nice Ella Fitzgerald 3
1984 The Stockholm Concert 1966 Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald 2
1988 Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert Ella Fitzgerald 1
1990 At the Opera House Ella Fitzgerald 1
1993 It Happened One Night: In Concert September 1947 Dizzy Gillespie / Ella Fitzgerald / Charlie Parker 3
1993 Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin Ella Fitzgerald and The Paul Smith Quartet 5 5
1994 Live At The Greek Theatre Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald 1
1994 The Lady Is a Tramp Ella Fitzgerald 1
1996 Ella Fitzgerald With the Tommy Flanagan Trio Ella Fitzgerald 1
1998 Côte d'Azur Concerts on Verve Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald 1
1999 Live From the Cave Supper Club Vancouver DC, Canada, 19 May 1968 Ella Fitzgerald 1
1999 Ella In Budapest Ella Fitzgerald 1
2000 The Enchanting Ella Fitzgerald: Live at Birdland 1950-1952 Ella Fitzgerald 1
2000 Ella Returns to Berlin Ella Fitzgerald 1
2001 Sophisticated Lady Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass 2
2002 Ella at Juan-Les-Pins Ella Fitzgerald 1
2006 Live in San Francisco Ella Fitzgerald 1
2006 Live in Stockholm 1957 Ella Fitzgerald & Roy Eldridge Sextet 1
2007 Live at the Savoy ~ 1939-40 Ella Fitzgerald 1
2007 Live at Mister Kelly’s Ella Fitzgerald 2

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