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A-Tisket, A-Tasket; Liza

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description

side 1: Chick Webb and his Orchestra with vocal chorus by Ella Fitzgerald. A-Tisket, A-Tasket; side 2: Chick Webb and his Orchestra. Liza (Decca 1840)

78 rpm

Over the course of her 60–year career, Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996) became known to fans and colleagues as "The First Lady of Song." Her rise to international fame as a jazz and popular singer coincided with the rise of an American entertainment industry that brought music to millions through concerts, sound recordings, film, radio, and television. In 1938, Fitzgerald came up with the idea for song called "A–Tisket, A–Tasket," basing her lyric on a 19th–century nursery rhyme. Her 1938 Decca recording of the song in time became a million–seller.

Location
Currently not on view
recording artist
Fitzgerald, Ella
Chick Webb and his Orchestra
performer
Fitzgerald, Ella
maker
Decca
performer
Webb, Chick
composer
Feldman, Al
Fitzgerald, Ella
Gershwin, George
Cahn
date made
1938
Credit Line
Gift of Hannah L. Cayton in memory of Howard Cayton
Physical Description
shellac (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name
sound recording
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
ID Number
1993.0102.041
catalog number
1993.0102.041
accession number
1993.0102
maker number
1840
Related Publication
Rust, Brian. Jazz Records 1897-1942, Vol. 2
Place Made
United States