The Best Ella Fitzgerald quotes

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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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Here are the most inspiring quotes from Ella Fitzgerald, and much more.


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About Ella Fitzgerald

birth of the author

April 25, 1917

death of the author

June 15, 1996

genre of the author

Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Traditional Pop, Blues And More.

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date of the author

Years Active:

institution of the author

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

i call it the other side of ella i ve got more cookbooks than the library Ella Fitzgerald quote

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 quote

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

some like the high road i like the low road free from the care and strife Ella Fitzgerald quote

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

when each weary day is through how i long to be with you Ella Fitzgerald quote

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

what s the sense of going home and just sitting down and doing nothing Ella Fitzgerald quote

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

Redundant Thematics

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

a house that rings with joy and laughter and the ones you love inside Ella Fitzgerald quote

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

music is the universal language it brings people closer together Ella Fitzgerald quote

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 stole everything i ever heard but mostly i stole from the horns Ella Fitzgerald quote

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

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