Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1940
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), 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 (D3 to D6), she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
She 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

“Drew out manure and plowed the east garden this forenoon.  Got the manure all away from the hog pen.  Plowed for barley this afternoon but the ground is to wet to plow.  Has been a fine day.”

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