ELLA FITZGERALD Biography - Musicians


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Name: Ella Jane Fitzgerald                                                         
Born: April 25, 1917 Newport News, Virginia, U.S.                                   
Died: June 15, 1996 Beverly Hills, California, U.S.                                 
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as "Lady Ella" 
and the "First Lady of Song", is considered one of the most influential jazz       
vocalists of the 20th Century.                                                     
With a vocal range spanning three octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone,   
phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly   
in her scat singing. She is widely considered to have been one of the supreme       
interpreters of the Great American Songbook.                                       
Over a recording career that lasted 57 years, she was the winner of 13 Grammy       
Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan and the         
Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.