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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Ella Fitzgerald

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald! Dubbed “the First Lady of Song”, the Queen of Jazz saw her career begin with a bang at an Amateur Night at the Apollo competition when she was 17 years old. Winning the $25 prize money, she soon signed with Chick Webb’s orchestra and became a staple of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, taking over the orchestra after Webb’s death in 1939. She would later become famous for collaborating with Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, and record legendary versions of such classic songs as “Lady Be Good!”, “Flying Home”, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, and “Mack the Knife”. By the time of her death at age 79 in 1996, Fitzgerald had won the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and 14 Grammy Awards.

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