Ella Fitzgerald Is Born

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia.

She was one of the leading jazz singers of all time. In her lifetime, she won thirteen Grammys—two from the first Grammy Awards in 1958 (best jazz individual and best female pop vocal performer). Her recordings have sold more than 40 million albums.

Fitzgerald's career began at Amateur Night at Harlem's Apollo Theater. She soon went on to sing with the Chick Webb orchestra and made her first recordings in 1935. After Webb's death in 1939, she led the band for about three years before launching out on her own.

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as "Lady Ella", the "Queen of Scat" and the "First Lady of Song", was an American jazz vocalist.

With a vocal range spanning three octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. She is widely considered to have been one of the supreme interpreters of the Great American Songbook.

Over a recording career that lasted 59 years, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.