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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by Geoffrey Hosking
by Mark Joyner
by Mark Richard
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by Mark Landler
by Dave Itzkoff
by Mark Fidelman
"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"