Ella Fitzgerald. The name alone conjures up images of the Savoy Ballroom; of the Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie bands; of hot jazz, sweet ballads, and a genuinely unique presence. Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who was called a national treasure - and no one ever disputed the laudation - has continued to captivate an international audience for more than 50 years. Her inimitable voice was heard in intimate clubs, in concerts, on radio and television, and continues to be heard on countless recordings.
First Lady of Song is a celebration of her life and work. Here are revived memories of duets with Frank Sinatra, harmonizing with Dinah Shore, and solo triumphs at Carnegie Hall.
What members say
I loved learning more about an artist I really love and admire. She was the quintessential example of a vocalist who loved what she did. Happy to hear about her experiences but sad to read about her life’s end. Good biographical text. Still wish however there was an autobiography to weigh the realities of it all and hear the story of her life from her own point of view.