Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Miss Ella

Today marks the 92nd birthday of the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. Born in Newport News, Virginia, but raised in Yonkers, New York, Fitzgerald made her singing debut at 17 at the Harlem Opera House. She went on to collaborate with other influential jazz artists like Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and won 13 Grammys, for a career spanning 59 years. She is one of the truly great artists of the 20th century, one of pure, original talent and one of my very favorites. Fitzgerald passed away in 1996.

Yonkers paid tribute to Fitzgerald with a statue located south of the main entrance to the Amtrak/Metro-North Railroad station. Pictures are included below. Happy Birthday Miss Ella!

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