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Born 25 April 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald, hailed as the “First Lady of Song” and the “Queen of Jazz,” graced the world with her unmatched vocal talent for over six decades. Born Ella Jane Fitzgerald in Newport News, Virginia, on April 25, 1917, her early life faced hardships. After her parents separated, young Ella navigated a challenging upbringing in Yonkers, New York. Yet, her natural musicality shone through.

Despite a brief stint at a reform school, fate intervened. Discovered during an amateur talent competition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1934, Ella’s phenomenal voice launched her into a meteoric career. Her unparalleled vocal range, flawless diction, and improvisational genius, particularly in her signature scat singing, captivated audiences worldwide. Collaborating with jazz legends like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, Ella’s career soared. Throughout her life, she garnered 13 Grammy Awards, countless accolades, and a place in the hearts of millions. Sadly, after battling health issues for years, Ella Fitzgerald passed away in Beverly Hills, California, on June 15, 1996, leaving behind a legacy of unparalleled musical brilliance.

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