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Ella Fitzgerald

Born Ella Jane Fitzgerald on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. After a troubled childhood, including the death of her mother in 1932, Fitzgerald turned to singing and debuted at the Apollo Theater in 1934 at age 17. She was discovered in an amateur contest in Harlem and joined Chick Webb's band and recorded several hits, notably "A-tisket A-tasket" (1938).

After Webb died in 1939, his band was renamed Ella Fitzgerald and her Famous Orchestra. Two years later, she began her solo career and by the mid-1950s, she had become the first African-American to perform at the Mocambo. Her lucid intonation and broad range made her a top jazz singer. Her series of recordings for Verve (1955-9) in multi-volume "songbooks" are among the treasures of American popular song. Fitzgerald is known as "The First Lady of Song," and was the most popular American female jazz singer for over fifty years. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.

With the exception of Jazz at Santa Monica Civic '72, her latter recordings marked a decline in her voice due to complications from diabetes. The disease left her blind, and she had both legs amputated in 1994. She made her last recording in 1989 and her last public performance in 1991 at New York's Carnegie Hall. Ella Fitzgerald died on June 15, 1996 in her Beverly Hills home.

Fitzgerald was briefly married to Benny Kornegay, a convicted drug dealer and hustler, in 1941. She was married to bass player Ray Brown from 1947 to 1952; they adopted a child born to Fitzgerald's half-sister whom they christened Ray Brown, Jr. Fitzgerald.


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Ella Fitzgerald : Essential Ella : Solo : Songbook : 55-4977A

Ella Fitzgerald : Essential Ella

Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.)

Songlist: Manhattan , With A Song In My Heart, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, The Man I Love, A Fine Romance, Blue Moon, Mack the Knife, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Love for Sale, It's All Right With Me, What Is This Thing Called Love?, But Not for Me, My Funny Valentine, 'S Wonderful, I Could Write a Book , Let's Fall in Love, The Lady is a Tramp, Bewitched , There's a Small Hotel , Love Is Here to Stay

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Voicing: Solo | 5392b | Songbook | $19.95


Ella Fitzgerald : Pro Vocal Series : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088206451 : 1423453646 : 00740378

Ella Fitzgerald : Pro Vocal Series

Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.) This Pro Vocal series contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight of his hit songs. The CD contains demos for listening, and then separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band. Or for singing just for the fun of it!

Songlist: Don't Be That Way, Don'cha Go 'Way Mad, It's Only A Paper Moon, Misty, 'Round Midnight, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, What Is There To Say, You're An Old Smoothie

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Voicing: Solo | 6032b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Ella Fitzgerald : Original Keys For Singers : Solo : Songbook : 073999023343 : 0634063421 : 00740252

Ella Fitzgerald : Original Keys For Singers

Arguably the best female jazz singer ever, no one could out-swing or out-scat "The First Lady of Song." This fine book features authentic transcriptions in the original keys of 25 Fitzgerald classics in voice with piano accompaniment format.

Songlist: A-Tisket A-Tasket, Black Coffee, But Not For Me, Cheek To Cheek, (You'd Be So) Easy to Love, Embraceable You, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, How Long Has This Been Going On, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), I'm Beginning to See the Light, I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, If You Can't Sing It (You'll Have To Swing It), III Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good), Just One Of Those Things, The Lady is a Tramp, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, Lullabye Of Birdland, Midnight Sun, Misty, Oh, Lady Be Good, Satin Doll, Stompin' At The Savoy, Take the 'A' Train

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Voicing: Solo | 9204b | Songbook | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Ella Fitzgerald : Ella Fitzgerald Deluxe Collection : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088522964 : 1423497449 : 00001405

Ella Fitzgerald : Ella Fitzgerald Deluxe Collection

31 rare jazz and popular recorded hits, including: I Didn't Know About You - Imagination - Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most - These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) - What a Wonderful World - Willow Weep for Me - and more.

Songlist: 'Tis Autumn, I Didn't Know About You, Close Your Eyes, Gypsy In My Soul, My Happiness, Body And Soul, Cow-Cow Boogie, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Don't Take Your Love From Me, Don't Worry 'Bout Me, Rough Ridin', Early Autumn, Mean To Me, I Hadn't Anyone Till You, I'll Take Romance, Imagination, The Impossible Dream (The Quest), Let's Fall In Love, Midnight Sun, Shiny Stockings, Someone To Light Up My Life (Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce), Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, Sweet And Lovely, Taking A Chance On Love, Them There Eyes, These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You), Too Close For Comfort, What A Wonderful World, Whisper Not, Willow Weep For Me, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20367b | Songbook | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Ella Fitzgerald : Live in '57 and '63 : Solo : DVD : 884088126131 : 1423422902 : 00320612

Ella Fitzgerald : Live in '57 and '63

Jazz Icons: Ella Fitzgerald features "The First Lady of Song" in two distinct performances. The first is the earliest known complete concert of Ella to be captured on film. Shot in Belgium, this 1957 concert has her performing with jazz greats Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Jo Jones and the legendary Oscar Peterson on classics such as "Lullaby of Birdland," and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." The second show is an intimate in-studio performance from 1963, taped in Sweden, featuring Ella backed by a quartet including pianist Tommy Flanagan. Highlights include stellar versions of "Mack the Knife" and "Just One of Those Things." 56 minutes.

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Voicing: Solo | 5226dvd | DVD | $19.95


Ella Fitzgerald : Live at Montreux, 1969 : Solo : DVD :  801213904891 : EGVS39048DVD

Ella Fitzgerald : Live at Montreux, 1969

Eagle Eye Media's Live In Montreux series continues with a travel through time to June 22, 1969, featuring a performance from The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring fully restored Black and White footage and remixed audio in 5.1 and DTS, this program presents a stunning performance from one of the most versatile jazz singers of all time. After making a name for herself as the featured singer for Chick Webb's Orchestra in the late 1930's, she began appearing as part of Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic series. She fronted for Duke Ellington, where she learned her bop style and also began adding scat into her performances. Her recordings of standards and contemporary classics helped boost her career from the 1950's until her final recordings in 1992. Joining Fitzgerald in this performance are: Tommy Flanagan (piano), Frank de la Rosa (bass), and Ed Thigpen (drums).

Songlist: Give Me the Simple Life, This Girl's in Love With You, I Won't Dance, A Place for Lovers, That Old Black Magic, Useless Landscape, I Love You Madly, Trouble Is a Man, A Man and a Woman , Sunshine of Your Love, Well Alright Okay You Win, Hey Jude, Scat Medley, A House Is Not A Home

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Voicing: Solo | 5870dvd | DVD | $14.95


Individual Folios

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Shiny Stockings : SATB : Paris Rutherford : Frank Foster : Ella Fitzgerald : DVD : 00214292 : 888680663810

Paris Rutherford : Shiny Stockingsnew

Showcase your vocal jazz group with this accessible setting of the Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie standard. Swing style, jazz harmonies, group scat and solo improvisation make this a great selection for developing style and technique.

Arranger: Paris Rutherford | Composer: Frank Foster Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00214292 | Showtrax CD Available


'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) : 3-Part Mixed : Rosana Eckert : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00152218 : 888680093174

Rosana Eckert : 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)

Here is a song written in the big band era, first sung by jazz vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald, in 1939 and ideal for introducing beginning and developing groups to swing style. In the Discovery Series, it's perfect for building jazz diction and rhythmic skills.

Arranger: Rosana Eckert Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00152218 | Voicetrax CD Available


'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) : 2-Part : Rosana Eckert : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00152219 : 888680093181

Rosana Eckert : 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)

Here is a song written in the big band era, first sung by jazz vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald, in 1939 and ideal for introducing beginning and developing groups to swing style. In the Discovery Series, it's perfect for building jazz diction and rhythmic skills.

Arranger: Rosana Eckert Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00152219 | Voicetrax CD Available


A-Tisket, A-Tasket : SAB : Roger Emerson : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00120226 : 884088916435

Roger Emerson : A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Was it red? No no no. Was it brown? No no no. The famous Ella Fitzgerald rendition of a classic nursery song is a sassy, jazzy twist on the familiar lyrics. A great Discovery Series choice for developing jazz style in your younger choirs! Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:40.

Arranger: Roger Emerson Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00120226 | Voicetrax CD Available


A-Tisket, A-Tasket : 2-Part : Roger Emerson : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00120227 : 884088916442

Roger Emerson : A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Was it red? No no no. Was it brown? No no no. The famous Ella Fitzgerald rendition of a classic nursery song is a sassy, jazzy twist on the familiar lyrics. A great Discovery Series choice for developing jazz style in your younger choirs! Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:40.

Arranger: Roger Emerson Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00120227 | Voicetrax CD Available


Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man : SSA : John Leavitt : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 08621366 : 073999340747

John Leavitt : Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

Performed by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlotte Church and many others, the music of Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern lives on. This well-crafted arrangement by John Leavitt showcases the wonderful melody and emotional lyrics in this theater standard.Available separately: SSA. Performance time approx.3:00.

Arranger: John Leavitt Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08621366


Cry Me a River : SATB : Jay Althouse : Arthur Hamilton : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00-41821 : 038081469010

Jay Althouse : Cry Me a River

This popular torch song was originally composed for Ella Fitzgerald, but ended up being dropped from the film Pete Kelly's Blues. She would eventually record it six years later, but in the meantime, a recording by Julie London introduced it to the world. Jay's sweet harmonies make for a bluesy arrangement.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Arthur Hamilton | Lyricist: Arthur Hamilton Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-41821 | Showtrax CD Available


Cry Me a River : SAB : Jay Althouse : Arthur Hamilton : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00-41822 : 038081469027

Jay Althouse : Cry Me a River

This popular torch song was originally composed for Ella Fitzgerald, but ended up being dropped from the film Pete Kelly's Blues. She would eventually record it six years later, but in the meantime, a recording by Julie London introduced it to the world. Jay's sweet harmonies make for a bluesy arrangement.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Arthur Hamilton | Lyricist: Arthur Hamilton Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-41822 | Showtrax CD Available


Cry Me a River : SSA : Jay Althouse : Arthur Hamilton : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00-41823 : 038081469034

Jay Althouse : Cry Me a River

This popular torch song was originally composed for Ella Fitzgerald, but ended up being dropped from the film Pete Kelly's Blues. She would eventually record it six years later, but in the meantime, a recording by Julie London introduced it to the world. Jay's sweet harmonies make for a bluesy arrangement.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Arthur Hamilton | Lyricist: Arthur Hamilton Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-41823 | Showtrax CD Available


Cry Me a River : TBB : Jay Althouse : Arthur Hamilton : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00-41824 : 038081469041

Jay Althouse : Cry Me a River

This popular torch song was originally composed for Ella Fitzgerald, but ended up being dropped from the film Pete Kelly's Blues. She would eventually record it six years later, but in the meantime, a recording by Julie London introduced it to the world. Jay's sweet harmonies make for a bluesy arrangement.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Arthur Hamilton | Lyricist: Arthur Hamilton Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: TBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-41824 | Showtrax CD Available


Hotta Chocolatta : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Milton Drake : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00156080 : 888680603656

Kirby Shaw : Hotta Chocolatta

Here's a jazz novelty song recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in the '50s that's filled to the brim with sass and style! Perfect for a winter concert, dinner theater fundraiser or anytime you want to share a little sweetness with your community!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Milton Drake and Victor Mizzy Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00156080 | Showtrax CD Available


Hotta Chocolatta : SAB : Kirby Shaw : Milton Drake : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00156081 : 888680603663

Kirby Shaw : Hotta Chocolatta

Here's a jazz novelty song recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in the '50s that's filled to the brim with sass and style! Perfect for a winter concert, dinner theater fundraiser or anytime you want to share a little sweetness with your community!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Milton Drake and Victor Mizzy Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00156081 | Showtrax CD Available


Hotta Chocolatta : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Milton Drake : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00156082 : 888680603670

Kirby Shaw : Hotta Chocolatta

Here's a jazz novelty song recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in the '50s that's filled to the brim with sass and style! Perfect for a winter concert, dinner theater fundraiser or anytime you want to share a little sweetness with your community!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composers: Milton Drake and Victor Mizzy Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00156082 | Showtrax CD Available


If You Can't Sing It (You'll Have to Swing It) : SAB : Ed Lojeski : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 08743134 : 073999727234

Ed Lojeski : If You Can't Sing It (You'll Have to Swing It)

One of the ultimate big band swing tunes of all time! This standard was made famous by Ella Fitzgerald and still cooks today!Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak (parts for Trumpet I & II, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Synthesizer, Guitar, Bass and Drums) and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08743134


Skylark : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Hoagy Carmicheal : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 00-27227 : 038081294872

Kirby Shaw : Skylark

This jazz standard has been recorded by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Bette Midler. Now your groups can perform it with this well crafted arrangement by Kirby Shaw. The optional flute (or violin) part in the SoundPax adds a lilting quality. The voice writing is surprisingly uncomplicated for such a sophisticated melody. Logical voice writing.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Hoagy Carmicheal Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-27227 | Showtrax CD Available


Stella by Starlight : SATB : Paris Rutherford : Ella Fitzgerald : Sheet Music : 08745568 : 884088074074

Paris Rutherford : Stella by Starlight

Enjoy the timeless style and haunting harmonies of this jazz standard recorded by Ella Fitzgerald and many others.Available separately: SATB, Instrumental ePak (parts for Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums) and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:40

Arranger: Paris Rutherford Performed By: Ella Fitzgerald

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745568 | Showtrax CD Available

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