Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most famous jazz singers to date. She was born on April 25, 1917 and died December 15, 1996. Ella had an extremely hard upbringing and only started singing at age 18 when she won a $25 prize for her singing in a contest. Her first big break came when she joined Chick Webb’s band as their singer in 1937. After his death in 1939, she continued to play with the orchestra until 1948 where she left and signed with Norman Granz’s record label Verve.
She would go on to make many albums and receive honorary degrees from Harvard University, Yale University, Berklee College of Music and Rutgers University among others before her passing in 1996 at age 79 due to heart disease.
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- About Ella Fitzgerald
- Inspiring Phrases From Ella Fitzgerald
- Various Statements From Ella Fitzgerald
- More Phrases From Ella Fitzgerald
- Deeper Quotes From Ella Fitzgerald
- Amazing Thoughts From Ella Fitzgerald
- Some Interesting Quotes From Ella Fitzgerald
About Ella Fitzgerald
April 25, 1917
June 15, 1996
Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Traditional Pop, Blues And More.
Decca, Verve, Capitol, Reprise, Pablo And More.
Inspiring Phrases From Ella Fitzgerald
I did a film called ‘Puccini for Beginners,’ which was a romantic comedy, and I always wanted to do more, but I kept doing drama. — Ella Fitzgerald
I call it ‘the other side of Ella.’ I’ve got more cookbooks than the library. — Ella Fitzgerald
I sang because I was too nervous to dance. — Ella Fitzgerald
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. — Ella Fitzgerald
You never know how a room feels, what a crowd is going to react to. You have to find out when you’re standing out there singing the first time. — Ella Fitzgerald
Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed, follow my lead, oh how I need, someone to watch over me. — Ella Fitzgerald
Every time I look down on this timeless town, whether blue or gray be her skies, whether loud be her cheers, or whether soft be her tears, more and more do I realize that…I love Paris. — Ella Fitzgerald
Various Statements From Ella Fitzgerald
They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside… I’m going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do. — Ella Fitzgerald
The fabulous places I’ve been, wonderful things that’ve happened, great people I’ve met ought to make a story. — Ella Fitzgerald
What everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. — Ella Fitzgerald
Some like the high road, I like the low road, Free from the care and strife — Ella Fitzgerald
Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today–that’s what it means, it means it was worth all of it. — Ella Fitzgerald
Ella knows her way around her voice as very few people today. But there are times when she seems to be unaware there are things the human voice just doesn’t do. She does them. — Ella Fitzgerald
She has been more famous, over a longer time span, than any other female singer. — Ella Fitzgerald
More Phrases From Ella Fitzgerald
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. where there is love and inspiration, i don’t think you can go wrong. — Ella Fitzgerald
It is hard to date anywhere… I think you just get a little older and hopefully a clearer idea of who you–I don’t know. It is hard. — Ella Fitzgerald
I have dated an actor or two. I’ve tried not to, but then, I don’t want to be racist against actors. — Ella Fitzgerald
Why is Ella Fitzgerald famous?
Ella Fitzgerald’s first hit was “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” .
Her many subsequent recordings showcased the wide range and sweetness of her voice and made her one of the best-selling jazz vocal recording artists in history.
She toured with such jazz stars as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and became an international legend during her six-decade career. .
When each weary day is through. How I long to be with you. — Ella Fitzgerald
It isn’t where you came frome; it’s where you’re going that counts. — Ella Fitzgerald
Eventually, I realized that I would not have a life until I buckled down. Once I did, I auditioned for Juilliard–and that changed everything. — Ella Fitzgerald
Some kids in Italy call me ‘Mama Jazz; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don’t call me ‘Grandma Jazz.’ — Ella Fitzgerald
Deeper Quotes From Ella Fitzgerald
Sometimes people will say something you don’t like, and you get angry a bit, but you just smile. You let it go by, even if you really would like to choke ’em. — Ella Fitzgerald
What’s the sense of going home and just sitting down and doing nothing? — Ella Fitzgerald
To me, there’s so much we don’t understand about our world, and I think it’s really fascinating to see these people come up with the stuff that they come up with. — Ella Fitzgerald
Forgive me if I don’t have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you’ll understand. — Ella Fitzgerald
I never was cut out to step and strut out. Give me the simple life. — Ella Fitzgerald
In Ella Fitzgerald Statements
On bebop years] All I did was sing ‘How High the Moon.’ It seemed like the only song I ever sang. — Ella Fitzgerald
I used to be very self–conscious. I used to wish I was pretty. By smiling, I think I’ve made more friends than if I was the other way. — Ella Fitzgerald
Amazing Thoughts From Ella Fitzgerald
A house that rings with joy and laughter, and the ones you love inside. — Ella Fitzgerald
Sometimes when we’re flying or in the hotel, I might run over songs, or in the bathroom. — Ella Fitzgerald
Oh, I have gobs and gobs of ideas, but… well, you dream things like that, and that’s what these are, you know–my day dreams. — Ella Fitzgerald
Now we’re not afraid when storm clouds gather ‘Cause we got the kind of love that’ll see us through. — Ella Fitzgerald
Music is the universal language … it brings people closer together. — Ella Fitzgerald
She is amazingly creative, bringing so much more to a song than just a singer. She is a first–class musician and the most gracious person in the world. — Ella Fitzgerald
I think I do better when singing. — Ella Fitzgerald
Some Interesting Quotes From Ella Fitzgerald
Our love is as deep as the sea, Our love is as great as a love can be, And we can weather the great unknown, If we’re alone together. — Ella Fitzgerald
I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. — Ella Fitzgerald
I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns. — Ella Fitzgerald
I don’t want to say the wrong thing, which I always do. I think I do better when I sing. — Ella Fitzgerald
I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. — Ella Fitzgerald
Maybe I don’t see enough television, but it seems there aren’t many shows that are romantic comedies that are an hour long where you’re not solving a crime or being a doctor. — Ella Fitzgerald
I think, psychics, there are some people that really are psychic, and it doesn’t make sense, but why should it make sense? — Ella Fitzgerald