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Triple-image (triple-exposure) picture of Ella Fitzgerald in concert, undated, Ella Fitzgerald Papers, ca. 1935-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. 

The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100

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Exhibition opens April 1, 2017
National Museum of American History

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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This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.


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. Record link