For nearly the first half of the twentieth century, from about tojazz was the dominant form of popular dance music in the United States. Dance music and dance bands existed before jazz and, after the rise of jazz, there were still many dance bands that did not play jazz or used jazz elements only sparingly.
Blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, Fitzgerald could outswing anyone, was a brilliant scat singer, and had near-perfect elocution; one could always understand the words she sang.
The one fault was that, since she always sounded so happy to be singing, Fitzgerald did not always dig below the surface of the lyrics she interpreted and she even made a downbeat song such as "Love for Sale" sound joyous. However, when one evaluates her career on a whole, there is simply no one else in her class.
Growing up in poverty, Fitzgerald was literally homeless for the year before she got her big break. Inshe appeared at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, winning an amateur contest by singing "Judy" in the style of her idol, Connee Boswell. She went over well and soon the drummer recognized her commercial potential.
She already had a beautiful voice but did not improvise or scat much; that would develop later. On June 16,Chick Webb died. It was decided that Fitzgerald would front the orchestra even though she had little to do with the repertoire or hiring or firing the musicians. She retained her popularity and when she broke up the band in and went solo; it was not long before her Decca recordings contained more than their share of hits.
Granz became her manager although it would be nearly a decade before he could get her on his label. Her recordings of "Lady Be Good," "How High the Moon," and "Flying Home" during became popular and her stature as a major jazz singer rose as a result.
For a time December 10, August 28, she was married to bassist Ray Brown and used his trio as a backup group. Although with the exception of the Ellington sets those were not her most jazz-oriented projects Fitzgerald stuck mostly to the melody and was generally accompanied by string orchestrasthe prestigious projects did a great deal to uplift her stature.
Her voice began to fade during this era and by the s her decline due to age was quite noticeable. Troubles with her eyes and heart knocked her out of action for periods of time, although her increasingly rare appearances found Fitzgerald still retaining her sense of swing and joyful style.
ByElla Fitzgerald was in retirement and she passed away two years later, but she remains a household name and scores of her recordings are easily available on CD.Jul 31, · Ella Fitzgerald, in a live Canadian television appearance circa , singing a mellow version of her signature "A Tisket, a Tasket," followed by "Imaginatio.
Here is the comment I made when I inaugurated this list on 1 September ; since then, the list has evolved to encompass both vocal and instrumental musical compositions: Today, I thought I'd share with my readers a new feature for "Notablog" and a new page on my site.I have been promising readers to inaugurate additional "My Favorite Things" pages, pointing to such things as favorite books.
Filmography. Ella was more than a singer, she was also an actress, and occasionally, she would even dance a few steps (she entered the Apollo’s Amateur night as a dancer but she chickened out and sang srmvision.com rest is music history).
Please click on desired selection: (NOTE: Bottom of list is the most recent. Recently upgraded pages are shown with UPGRADED (DATE) or similar at the end of the link. There are two Ella Fitzgerald biographies that I have found to be just full of information, and they are well-indexed and easy to use: 1.
First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald for the Record by Geoffrey Mark Fidelman. 2. Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz by Stuart Nicholson.
Ella Fitzgerald Biography by Scott Yanow The greatest female interpreter of the American songbook, a unique vocalist combining scat and jazz, with enduring influence.