First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald for the Record
Original Publish Date: Jan 20, 2013
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.17 hours)
Product Number: Z100097275
Released: Jun 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9781483054926
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Ella Fitzgerald. The name alone conjures up images of the Savoy Ballroom; of the Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie bands; of hot jazz, sweet ballads, and a genuinely unique presence. Ella Fitzgerald, an artist who has been called a national treasure-and no one has disputed the laudation-has captivated an international audience for more than fifty years. Her inimitable voice has been heard in intimate clubs, in concerts, on radio and television, and on countless recordings. First Lady of Song is a celebration of her life and work. In these pages are revived memories of duets with Frank Sinatra, harmonizing with Dinah Shore, and solo triumphs at Carnegie Hall.

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Narrator(s): Geoffrey Mark Fidelman
Product Number DD5683
Released: Jan 20, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470847050

Professional reviews

"While this work is, at best, an enthusiast's attempt at a biography--its subject is, arguably, the best popular singer ever. The cataloging of Fitzgerald's many television and other media appearances, as well as the discography, is helpful, but the writer's worship of his subject heavily colors the work. Additionally, the author's narration sounds unprofessional by the many unedited pauses and sounds of shifting papers. Mouth sounds and other studio realities also should have been eliminated. Ultimately, one is disappointed that this audiobook does not live up to its subject. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"