Ella Fitzgerald

The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100

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Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996) was one of the greatest American singers. She had a warm and lovely voice, superb rhythmic sense, considerable versatility, meticulous intonation, and exceptional talent at “scat” singing, Fitzgerald also produced melodic lines that put her in the category of great instrumental improvisers.

Fitzgerald succeeded in the male-dominated field of jazz. By overcoming the odds, breaking barriers, and setting precedents, she paved the way for other women to follow her inspiring example.

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Articles about Ella

Ella Fitzgerald poses with Willie Mays, who was a player for the San Francisco Giants. Ella Fitzgerald Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Humanity
National Museum of American History
Baseball, signed by the 1984 San Francisco Giants, collected by Ella Fitzgerald, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center The Queen of Jazz and Her Love of Baseball
National Museum of American History
Ella Fitzgerald in 1949. Photograph by Herman Leonard. Herman Leonard Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Jazz
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Header image credit: Triple-image (triple-exposure) picture of Ella Fitzgerald in concert, undated, Ella Fitzgerald Papers, ca. 1935-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.