Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. Orphaned as a teenager she wound up in a reformatory, escaped, and was living on the streets of Harlem when she was discovered by Chick Webb. She went on to have one of the longest careers in jazz, spanning decades, had an extensive discography of recordings and received numerous awards including a Kennedy Center Award, honorary doctorate degrees from Dartmouth and Yale, and thirteen Grammys. Fitzgerald was known for her three-octave vocal range, diction, and flawless intonation, as well as her trademark scat vocalisations. She died on June 15, 1996 at the age of 79, of diabetic complications.

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Ella Fitzgerald
Official website including biography, quotes, awards, screensavers and recordings.
Ella Fitzgerald - First Lady of Song
Library of Congress article.
Ella Fitzgerald Fan Page
Flash based photos and samples in English and Italian.
Ella Fitzgerald, 1917 - 1996
Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song. Essays, discography and links.
Ella Swings Gently - The Ella Fitzgerald Pages
Includes biographies of Ella as well as collaborators Norman Granz and Nelson Riddle.
Ella!
Biography, song list, pictures, and references.
Todd Peach's Ella Fitzgerald page
Includes a lot of Ella lyrics.
Topix: Ella Fitzgerald
News about Ella Fitzgerald, collected from various sources on the web. [RSS]
Verve Records: Ella Fitzgerald
Soundclips for her entire label discography.

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