First Lady of Song

First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald : for the Record

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
A close-up study of legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald traces her successful musical career and describes the intimate details of her private life, from her battles with recording executives and abusive relatives to the debilitating illnesses from which she has suffered.

Blackwell North Amer
The name alone conjures images of the Savoy Ballroom, the Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie bands, hot jazz, sweet ballads, and a genuinely unique presence. Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who has been called a national treasure - and no one has disputed the laudation - has captivated an international audience for more than fifty years. Her inimitable voice has been heard in intimate clubs, in concerts, on radio and television, and on countless recordings.
First Lady of Song is a celebration of her life and work. In these pages are revived memories of duets with Frank Sinatra, harmonizing with Dinah Shore, and solo triumphs at Carnegie Hall.

& Taylor

Chronicles the personal life and singing career of the well-known jazz artist and discusses her impact on contemporary music

Publisher: Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, c1994
ISBN: 1559722401
Branch Call Number: 781.65092 FID
Characteristics: xx, 379 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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This intense biography of jazz singer extraordinaire, Ella Fitzgerald is somewhat incomplete, as it was published in 1994 (2 years before Ella's tragic death in 1996 at the age of 79).

But - All the same - "The First Lady Of Song" is a very detailed account of Ella's hectic professional life up to the year 1990 when, due to extremely poor health, she was forced to retire, completely, from the entertainment business.

In her formative years (up to the age of 16) - Ella was faced with both poverty and homelessness - But being of a strong and tenacious spirit she, thankfully, persevered and, at that point, rightfully went on to become one of the greatest female vocalists of all-time.

Competently written by Geoffrey Fidelman - This celebrity-bio also includes a 16-page photo gallery for your added enjoyment.

Jan 08, 2014

Almost unreadable, like a discography, a long list of too many dates, tours, recordings, appeareances etc. Well, lots of details... And so what?


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