Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)
Ella Fitzgerald is “The First Lady of Song,” best known for her vocal talents, including an impressively wide vocal range partnered with a uniquely sweet voice and a whimsical flair to her singing. She is also very much recognized for her scat singing and her ability to mimic musical instruments. Her journey from her humble beginnings to her rise to stardom is truly a tale of success, heart, passion, love, and perseverance.
Ella Fitzgerald set the gold standard in the art of jazz singing.
Everybody wants to know about my style and how it came about. It’s no big secret. It’s the way I feel. Ella Fitzgerald
I used to be very self-conscious. I used to wish I was pretty. My cousin Georgia always taught me that if you smile, people will like you. Sometimes people will say something you don’t like, and you get angry a bit, but you just smile. You let it go by, even if you really would like to choke ’em. By smiling, I think I’ve made more friends than if I was the other way. Ella Fitzgerald
The only thing better than singing is more singing. Ella Fitzgerald
Music is the universal language … it brings people closer together. Ella Fitzgerald
I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night.
She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night.
The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.
When once Marilyn Monroe was asked about her favorite singers,
Marilyn Monroe answered, “Well, my very favorite person, and I love her as a person as well as a singer, I think she’s the greatest, and that’s Ella Fitzgerald.
Compiled by : ram H singhal for Flow of Silence Saturday Music Blog