"I stole everything I ever
heard, but mostly I stole from the horns."
~ Ella Fitzgerald
She was born Ella Jane Fitzgerald on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. She loved listening to the recordings of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby.
"One of the most influential vocal jazz records of the decade."
~ The New York Times, 1945
"I didn't realize our songs were so good until Ella sang them."
~ Ira Gershwin
Her recording career lasted fifty-seven years. She won thirteen Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.Sr.
~ Ella Fitzgerald
She died in Beverly Hills, California, June 15, 1996. She was 79.
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