There were evenings when they got on the train to Harlem to enjoy the performances of amateur artists. She was going to do dancing first, but changed her mind and demonstrated the vocal skills. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. .
In year, the singer gave her last concert which took place in New York. Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella. Besides, the singer was an absolute master of scat vocals replacing lyrics with music imitating sounds. She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. In 1986, the singer experienced a coronary bypass surgery. Ella Fitzgerald is a legendary American jazz singer famed for her unsurpassed vocals and life full of hardships.
They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. Ella Fitzgerald died in her house in Beverly Hills June 15, 1996. Her long time career produced over two hundred albums. For her great achievements in the field of music, Fitzgerald received awards from President Ronald Reagan and the French government, and doctorates from a number of universities. She fell in love with Ray Brown, bassist, in 1946.
She committed a number of offences and was once sent to the reform school she managed to escape. In 1993, she had both legs amputated and kept fighting for her life desperately. She ignored the recommendations of her doctors and continued active touring and recording. She remained known in the history of jazz and music in general as the First Lady of Song. Tiny Bradshaw got renamed to Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Band. She was born in Newport News, Virginia, April 25, 1917.
During this event, Ella was rewarded with Kennedy Center Honors for her contribution to arts. It resulted in their marriage shortly after the meeting. Since her early childhood years, Ella was interested in dancing and singing she practiced with her friends. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. In 1974, she spent two weeks in New York performing on one stage with Frank Sinatra and William Basie.
In 1934, the girl was given a chance to compete in the young talents tournament at a New York theatre. Ray introduced her to ambitious manager Norman Granz who persuaded Ella to move to his label. It lasted only till 1952. The jury found them excellent and permitted her to participate in the competition. That was why her optimistic songs sounded better than downbeat compositions.
She put her love for life in her manner of singing. Aged fifteen, the future jazz superstar found herself homeless and starving close to death. In a year, Ella released her first record, Love And Issues, produced by Decca. After Chic Webb died, she headed the band. She became widely popular after the delivery of the nursery rhyme A-Tisket,A-Tasket 1938 , sold in one million copies. These were the first concerts she was paid for. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common - they all loved her.
She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. Soon, Ella disbanded the ensemble to launch her solo career. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. After the separation of her parents, the girl moved to New York with her mother. Ella spent the remnant of her life with her dearly loved son and granddaughter.