Ella Fitzgerald, the Best of the Song Books

Ella Fitzgerald, the Best of the Song Books

The Ballads

Music CD - 1994
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Publisher: New York : Verve : Markham, Ont. : Distributed by PolyGram Group Canada, p1994
Branch Call Number: 784.56 F55esb
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Born into poverty in the town of Newport News, Virginia (1917) - Ella Fitzgerald (IMO) ranks right up there as being one of the greatest, female, jazz vocalists of all time.

A multiple music-award winner - Ella's career as a singer began in 1935 when she was just 17. Her career spanned for 50 years.

This top-notch "Ballads" CD contains 16 tracks in all which were recorded by Ella (along with accompanying musicians) in the years from 1956-1964.

Many of these tunes were penned by some of the most notable songwriters of the day, such as - Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and George & Ira Gershwin.

Two of my favourite tracks are - "Laura" and " Oh, Lady Be Good!".

*Note* - In 1996 - Ella Fitzgerald (79 at the time) died due to extremely poor health.

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