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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.

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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 | Performed by Ella Fitzgerald | 6032b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Voice with Jazz Combo

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 | Performed by Ella Fitzgerald | 9204b | Songbook | $24.95 ON SALE $21.95 | Voice and Piano

Ella Fitzgerald : Forever Ella : Solo : Songbook : 9780571523900 : 12-0571523900

Ella Fitzgerald : Forever Ella

Includes: Someone to Watch Over Me * I Love Paris * Summertime * Misty * Gone with the Wind * I Can't Give You Anything but Love * Tenderly * I Only Have Eyes for You * These Foolish Things * The Very Thought of You * Love Me or Leave Me * You Do Something to Me * I Won't Dance * Mountain Greenery * Lullaby of Birdland * On the Sunny Side of the Street * I Get a Kick Out of You.

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Ella Fitzgerald | 11720b | Songbook | $22.95 | PVG

Ella Fitzgerald : In Session with Ella Fitzgerald : Solo : Songbook & CD : 9780571528325 : 12-0571528325

Ella Fitzgerald : In Session with Ella Fitzgerald

Sing along with the band on eight classic songs from one of the greatest divas in the history of blues, jazz or soul with this songbook and CD pack. Titles: Bewitched * Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye * Johnny One Note * Makin' Whoopee! * My Funny Valentine * Nice Work If You Can Get It * Oh, Lady Be Good * Slap That Bass.

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Ella Fitzgerald | 11722b | Songbook & CD | $27.95 | PVG

Ella Fitzgerald : Essential Ella : Solo : Songbook : 9780571530977 : 12-0571530974

Ella Fitzgerald : Essential Ella

20 Ella Fitzgerald classics arranged for piano, vocal and chors. 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 | Performed by Ella Fitzgerald | 11723b | Songbook | $20.25 | PVG

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