Ella, born in 1917 in Virginia and we are celebrating her 100th birthday at KCSM. Ella got her start at the famous talent shows at the Apollo theatre in Harlem. She went on to work for Chick Webb’s big band and went on to stardom.
From here web site:
Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella). She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common – they all loved her
Join KCSM on Sat 20 May from 10am-2pm when Mel and Sonny will celebrate Ella’s 100th birthday!