Monday, April 25, 2016

Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, born 1917

Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song and probably the most popular jazz singer ever, was born in Newport News, Virginia April 25, 1917.  She sold over 40 million albums and won 13 Grammys, the latest in 1990, for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for "All That Jazz".  She recorded over 200 albums by the time of her passing in 1996.  She got her Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame February 8, 1960 and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Listen to this recording of "Summertime" for just a sample of why she was so beloved.

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