Ella Fitzgerald: The “Queen of Jazz”

 

Ella Jane Fitzgerald
April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996

Ella Fitzgerald, also known as the “First Lady of Song” “Queen of Jazz” and “Lady Ella,” was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning three octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a “horn-like” improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.

Ella Fitzgerald

 

Ella Fitzgerald, NYC, New York, 1953

Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood at the ACM Awards April 1, 2012

 

Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift rock the red carpet at
the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at
the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Carrie Underwood arrives at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012, in Las Vegas (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

Taylor Swift arrives at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012, in Las Vegas (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)