Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald

Born

4/25/1917, Newport News, Virginia

Died

6/15/1996

Birth Name

Ella Jane Fitzgerald

Gender

Female
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Ella Fitzgerald was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. Her vocal range spanned 3 octaves, and over a recording career that lasted more than 50 years, she won thirteen Grammy Awards. Soon after Ella's birth, her parents separated, and Ella and her…more

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    • Ella: Oh, I have gobs and gobs of ideas, but... well, you dream things like that, and that's what these are, you know... my day dreams.

    • Ella: Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today... that's what it means, it means it was worth all of it.

    • Ella: I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand.

    • Ella: I know I'm no glamour girl, and it's not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I've got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing.

    • Ella: A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside... I'm going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do.

    • Ella: Some kids in Italy call me `Mama Jazz`, I thought that was so cute. As long as they don't call me `Grandma Jazz`.

    • Ella: I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.

    • Ella: Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

    • Ella: It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts.

    • Ella: I sing like I feel.

    • Ella: The only thing better than singing is more singing.

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