Ella Fitzgerald

Traditional pop music, Composer

1917 – 1996

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Who was Ella Fitzgerald?

Ella Fitzgerald, also known as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella", was an American jazz vocalist with a vocal range spanning three octaves. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she sold 40 million copies of her 70-plus albums, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.

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Born
Apr 25, 1917
Newport News
Also known as
  • Ella Fitzgerard
  • Ella Jane Fitzgerald
  • Queen of Jazz
  • Lady Ella
  • First Lady of Song
  • The First Lady of Jazz
  • The First Lady of Swing
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Methodism
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Newport News
  • Yonkers
Died
Jun 15, 1996
Beverly Hills
Resting place
Inglewood Park Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013