Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, was born 100 years ago today, 25-April-1917. I grew up hearing her sing on the radio and television. When I had enough money to buy albums, I bought her American Songbooks.
We saw her in person once, at the Marin Civic Center. I don't remember what songs she sang, but I remember her trading licks with Joe Pass.
I love her stuff with Chick Webb, who became her legal guardian.
Ella developed her talent for scat singing while working with Dizzy Gillespie,
I bought copies of the songbooks for my fiancee. We had some of the songs played at our wedding reception.