Fitzgerald, whose superb voice, wide repertoire, and accessible singing style appealed to both jazz and pop audiences, scored her first recording hit with
A-Tisket A-Tasket (1938) and went on to become a perennially popular artist with such performances as the million-selling
I'm Making Believe (1944, with the Ink Spots), the historic scat
Flying Home (1945), the be-bop
Lady Be Good (1947), and many hundreds more. She also wrote a number of songs and made numerous concert tours of the United States, Europe, and Asia. She appeared in several films, including Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) and St. Louis Blues (1958). Despite ill health, Fitzgerald continued performing into the early 1990s.
See biography by S. Nicholson (1994); C. Zwerin, dir., Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (documentary film, 1999).
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