Given Name: Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nickname: "First Lady of Song"
Instruments: Piano, Vocals
Ella Fitzgerald was born April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia
Ella Jane Fitzgerald, also known as "First Lady of Song" and "Lady Ella" was
an African American jazz and song vocalist. Her vocal range spanned three
octaves, and she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing,
and a "horn-like" improvisatinal ability, particularly in her scat singing. She is
considered to be a notable singer of the cultural icon, the Great American Songbook.
While recording the Songbooks and the occasional studio album, Fitzgerald toured 40
to 45 weeks per year in the United States and internationally. Miss Fitzgerald was
a generous philanthropist throughout her career, which lasted 59 years.
Ella Fitzgerald died June 15, 1996 at age 79 in Beverly Hills, California
Cause of Death: Diabetes complications
Ms. Fitzgerald is buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA
V. KAY JAMES McCRIMON
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