Biography Facts:
  • Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Va. on April 25, 1917. Her father, William, and mother, Temperance (Tempie), parted ways shortly after her birth.
  • In mid 1936 Ella recorded her first song "Love and Kisses" with moderate sucess.
  • In 1974, Ella spent a legendary two weeks performing in New York with Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. .
  • By the 1990s, Ella had recorded over 200 albums. In 1991, she gave her final concert at New York's renowned Carnegie Hall. It was the 26th time she performed there.
  • On June 15, 1996, Ella Fitzgerald died in her Beverly Hills home. Hours later, signs of remembrance began to appear all over the world. A wreath of white flowers stood next to her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a marquee outside the Hollywood Bowl theater read, "Ella, we will miss you."

  • Louis Armstrong inspired Ella to sing many songs. He oringinally taught her how to sing and made her realize her amazing talent!
Chick Webb was Ella's mentor, they recorded over 60 songs together. They recorded the song "A Tisket A Tasket" that topped the charts for 17 weeks.


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