Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz vocalist often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. After tumultuous teenage years, Ella found stability in musical success with performances on many stages in the Harlem area, including her rendition of the nursery rhyme “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” that helped boost her to fame. In 1942 Ella left the amateur performances behind, signed a deal with Decca Records, and started her solo career by redefining the art of scat singing. It wasn’t until her manager, Norman Granz, built Verve Records based on her vocal abilities that Ella recorded some of her more widely noted works. Under this label, Fitzgerald focused more on singing than scatting, providing perhaps her most career-defining works in her interpretation of the Great American Songbook.

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Ella Fitzgerald