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Ella Fitzgerald born 1917

Ella Fitzgerald

bornApril 25, 1917 in Newport News, VA


With her mother, Fitzgerald moved to Yonkers, New York. In 1934, to she entered an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater winning first place.The following year Fitzgerald joined the Chick Webborchestra.

Fitzgerald made her first recording in 1935, and her first hit in 1938. After Webb's death in 1939, she led his band until it broke up in 1942. Fitzgerald then soloed in cabarets and theatres and toured internationally with pop and jazz stars.

In 1958, Fitzgerald made history as the first African-American woman to win a Grammy. She would go on to win 13 Grammys in total and sell more than 40 million albums.She was one of the best-selling jazz vocal recording artists in history.

Fitzgerald was famous for the wide range and sweetness of her voice. Due to her mainstream popularity and unparalleled vocal talents, she became an international legend.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018
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