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Today marks the 105th birth anniversary for The First Lady Of Song. Ella Fitzgerald was born April 25, 1917 in Newport News, VA. By 1934 she appeared at The Apollo Theatre for Amateur Night. Two years later she was in the studio to record her first song. And for the rest of history, she will be regarded as one of the greatest female singers of all time. Today’s track is my absolute favorite by her, not to mention my most beloved Gershwin tune.
“Although he may not be the man
Some girls think of as handsome
To my heart he carries the key“.
Lady Ella Fitzgerald circa 1950. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Ella Fitzgerald: “Someone To Watch Over Me” (1959, written by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin).
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Today’s song was written as an instrumental 70 years ago by American composer Leroy Anderson. Lyricist Mitchell Parish added the words two years later. That same year, the Andrew Sisters recorded the song. I really enjoy their version-the three part harmony, the sound effects and the addition of male background singers at the choruses. The Ronettes also recorded a great version of this holiday tune in 1963, but my favorite one is by the First Lady of Song. In her lifetime she recorded over 200 albums, sold over 40 million records, won 13 Grammy Awards and played at Carnegie Hall a total of 26 times. She was also awarded the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The lady could sing and swing. And everything in between.
Courtesy of the Ella Fitzgerald website.
Ella Fitzgerald: “Sleigh Ride“.
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Until next time, happy listening!!!