Black Ancestors : Ella Fitzgerald

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  1. rythemgrl

    rythemgrl New Member MEMBER

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    i think she is one of the best female african american jazz musicians. i'm only familiar with her christmas music but my friend from umg game me her new tribute album and the songs are so good! she is definitely at the top of my jazz list and i need to make a conscious effort to familiarize myself with her. she even has a myspace. www.myspace.com/ellafitzgerald
     
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    I Love ELLA

    She is my favorite jazz singer. She has had some experiences as a singer that I have had in her life. One thing that stands out more so to me than anything else, is that she remained a sweet person until the end. You see that in all of her songs and concerts. She really loved people no matter what condition that they were in and spread love to all. Her love was felt in every song. I saw a documentary on her or a biography I should say. You should pick one up at the library if you can. Watching a video of it gives you more of a picture of it all.

    Second to Ella, I love Sarah Vaughn. I love her style and her persuasion in her music. You always knew that she gave all of her self in her music.

    Thanks for posting this up here. Check out the video. You won't be dissappointed.

    Desert Storm
     
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    MRS. LADY Banned MEMBER

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    I Love Ella also

    ...

    Etta James w/b my favorite... Billie Holiday next..

    co-sign on SV.... like MD too!

    love "Stormy Weather"... "Strange Fruit".. and "Body & Soul"... thaz Billie..

    for Etta.. check out .. W-O-M-A-N ... and Pushover... You Can Leave Your Hat On.. (this one is what i think sexy is... not i'm in love with a stripper!)

    I know my grlz up on here will like this stuff.. especially the "love" poets!!!

    thanks 4 the link.. gonna check it out........


    and ohhhhhh snap....... Bluemoon.... that's sounding right!
     
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    Desert Storm Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I LOVE Bluemoon, Strangefruit,... I have a few Ella cds but I haven't heard
    W-O-M-A-N ... and Pushover... You Can Leave Your Hat On..

    I'll have to check that out.

    I am the DEEP SOUL BALLAD bordering the BLUES and NEGROE SPIRITUALS LADY. I love the moaning and groaning and the storytelling, and the singing yourway out of hell and highwater. Just singing the loneliness out of ya type songs. I love those deep moving songs that leave you totally NAKED songs. That's why I love ELLA. BILLIE can go there too, her sound is definately honest but not as smooth as ELLA. ELLA give me peace to listen to. ELLA can imitate just bout anybody and make you feel what she's feeling, she even imitates instruments. That's very creative the things that she did with her voice, and at that she was just "warming up", ya know.

    But I do want to check out the rest of those song selections.
     
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    Honoring Ella!

    Its so good to see Black Women who have a good taste in music. I have a family connection that I won't go into but upon heredeath I lost contact with a cousin that I used to perform with. We used to use a sound mixer that Ella lent to us.

    Definitely one of my favorite singers of all time along with Dinah Washington.
    Thanks again for this Honor.

     
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    MRS. LADY Banned MEMBER

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    DS.. grl love ya style....

    Etta James... check her out.. I think you'll like her...

    You right bout Ella tho....

    DEEP SOUL BALLAD bordering the BLUES and NEGROE SPIRITUALS

    ^^ can't get no better ......

    I like the blues.... mostly....

    but what i really love.... really really love....

    is the instruments....

    the way the music is played to compliment the voice and vice versa....

    it just takes me right away......

    do u play also...??

    Imma go out on a limb here.... but u write ur own songs......?

    man........ if it's anything like ur poetry... i can imagine how beautiful u sing.............. real talk.
     
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    Biography

    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.

    Humble but happy beginnings

    Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Va. on April 25, 1917....

    Overcoming discrimination

    On the touring circuit it was well-known that Ella's manager felt very strongly about civil rights and required equal treatment for his musicians, regardless of their color. Norman refused to accept any type of discrimination at hotels, restaurants or concert halls, even when they traveled to the Deep South.

    Once, while in Dallas touring for the Philharmonic, a police squad irritated by Norman's principles barged backstage to hassle the performers. They came into Ella's dressing room, where band members Dizzy Gillespie and Illinois Jacquet were shooting dice, and arrested everyone.

    "They took us down," Ella later recalled, "and then when we got there, they had the nerve to ask for an autograph."


    Norman wasn't the only one willing to stand up for Ella. She received support from numerous celebrity fans, including a zealous Marilyn Monroe.

    "I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt," Ella later said. "It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the '50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn's superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn't know it."....


    End of an era

    In September of 1986, Ella underwent quintuple coronary bypass surgery. Doctors also replaced a valve in her heart and diagnosed her with diabetes, which they blamed for her failing eyesight. The press carried rumors that she would never be able to sing again, but Ella proved them wrong. Despite protests by family and friends, including Norman, Ella returned to the stage and pushed on with an exhaustive schedule.

    By the 1990s, Ella had recorded over 200 albums. In 1991, she gave her final concert at New York's renowned Carnegie Hall. It was the 26th time she performed there.

    As the effects from her diabetes worsened, 76-year-old Ella experienced severe circulatory problems and was forced to have both of her legs amputated below the knees. She never fully recovered from the surgery, and afterward, was rarely able to perform.....


    ....On June 15, 1996, Ella Fitzgerald died in her Beverly Hills home. Hours later, signs of remembrance began to appear all over the world. A wreath of white flowers stood next to her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a marquee outside the Hollywood Bowl theater read, "Ella, we will miss you."

    After a private memorial service, traffic on the freeway was stopped to let her funeral procession pass through. She was laid to rest in the "Sanctuary of the Bells" section of the Sunset Mission Mausoleum at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, Calif.

    http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/
     
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