Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

On April 25, 2007 had Ella Fitzgerald, the most popular jazz singer of all time, 90 years has become. For the anniversary, published Verve "We All Love Ella", a spectacular all-star tribute to the unforgettable Ella. Under the direction of producer Phil Ramone interpret Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and many other favorite Ella songs. In addition, the label engages deep into the tray and conveys a real live delicacies after a long time to light: "Ella in Hamburg"!

About half a century embodied Ella Fitzgerald the ideal image of swinging jazz singer par excellence. Is underlined its outstanding position through 14 Grammy Awards and a score of more than 40 million albums sold. All love Ella - the fans, the critics, the musicians with whom she played, and not least of all her singing colleagues. As "First Lady of Song" is entered in the history of jazz in 1996 deceased singer. Add this title due mainly to cracking Songbook albums, she recorded Verve 1956-1964 fOr Norman Granz and his label.

Born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News / Virginia and grew up poor Ella Fitzgerald managed their leap into the professional camp on November 21, 1934 at an amateur talent show at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. The alto saxophonist Benny Carter, who had seen the appearance of 17-year old, she recommended the bandleader and drummer Chick Webb, who was looking for a new singer. Webb was the appearance Ellas initially not enthusiastic, then gave her but still a chance. And who knew how to use Ella. Soon afterwards came the "uncut diamond" (as she called Webbs trumpeter Mario Bauza then) with Webb's Orchestra in the Savoy Ballroom and made with the band and the first shots. With "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" she landed in 1938 its first great success. The number became the anthem of the swing era.

When Chick Webb died in June 1939. Took over Ella, who had long since ascended to the actual driving force of the orchestra, officially the line. When the orchestra was disbanded in 1941 after a less successful period, Ella began her solo career and signed a long-term contract with the Decca label. FOr Decca took it in the following years with partners such as the singing alto saxophonist Louis Jordan or popular doo-wop vocal ensembles such as the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Ink Spots numerous hits.

In 1946 she began working with the jazz impresario and record producer Norman Granz, who had them regularly occur in its "Jazz At The Philharmonic" concerts. For ten years Granz took care as an agent to Ella, until he was finally able to tear ourselves away at the Decca and take his own label Verve under contract. Under the care of Granz Ella, who had separated after six years of marriage in 1953 by bassist Ray Brown joined, now in its most creative phase: Between 1956 and 1964 she took fOr Verve et al a sensational series with on Songbook recordings, which was dedicated to composers and lyricists Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer. Also legendary are the "Porgy Bess "album, which she recorded with Louis Armstrong, or the live album" Ella in Berlin ", on which the singer the lyrics of the song" Mack The Knife "had forgotten and brilliantly rescued from the terminal with improvisation." Almost all of her Verve recordings are worth getting, "reported the American critic Scott Yanow.

After the Verve years Ella undertook with recordings for other labels less successful attempts to gain with the interpretation of contemporary pop songs to a new audience. Only when Norman Granz, the Verve had now assigned to MGM and lived in Switzerland, a new label called Pablo built and brought the singer again, she could again build on the brilliant shooting and successes that they had previously experienced with Verve , FOr Pablo took Ella in the 70s and 80s, among others some excellent albums with Count Basie, Joe Pass and Oscar Peterson.

1994 Ella Fitzgerald pulled completely out of the music business back. Two years later, on June 15, 1996, she died at the age of 81 years in Beverly Hills.

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