Happy 100th, Ella! American Musical Legend Ella Fitzgerald Born on this Day in 1917


Happy 100th Birthday to Ella Fitzgerald! ♡

 

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Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy Legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald (photo via npr.org)

article by Tom Vitale vianpr.org

Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 today, was one of the most beloved and versatile singers of the 20th century. In a career that spanned six decades, Fitzgerald recorded hundreds of songs, including definitive versions of many standards. Along the way, she influenced generations of singers.

But the first thing that strikes you about Fitzgerald is that voice.

Cécile McLorin Salvant, who won a Grammy last year for Best Jazz Vocal Album, says a combination of qualities made Fitzgerald’s voice unique. “When you hear the tone of her voice — which has kind of a brightness, kind of a breathiness, but it also has this really great depth, and kind of a laser-like, really clear quality to it — it hits you,” she says.

Salvant, 27, says she learned to sing jazz standards by…

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6 thoughts on “Happy 100th, Ella! American Musical Legend Ella Fitzgerald Born on this Day in 1917

    1. Yesssss! ♡ Amen to Ella Fitzgerald great singing and scatting abilities. She is from my parents generation but I fell in love with her way with a song when my mom and dad would play her records on what my mom called the Victrola.

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