During this period, she had her last US chart single with a cover of Smokey Robinson 's " Get Ready ", previously a hit for the Temptations , and some months later a top-five hit for Rare Earth. The surprise success of the album Jazz at Santa Monica Civic '72 led Granz to found Pablo Records , his first record label since the sale of Verve. Fitzgerald recorded some 20 albums for the label. Ella in London recorded live in with pianist Tommy Flanagan , guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Keter Betts and drummer Bobby Durham, was considered by many to be some of her best work.
Her years with Pablo Records also documented the decline in her voice. Take the ingenious prologue After Pete Kelly's Blues , she appeared in sporadic movie cameos, in St. She was also frequently featured on The Ed Sullivan Show. Perhaps her most unusual and intriguing performance was of the "Three Little Maids" song from Gilbert and Sullivan 's comic operetta The Mikado alongside Joan Sutherland and Dinah Shore on Shore's weekly variety series in Fitzgerald also made a one-off appearance alongside Sarah Vaughan and Pearl Bailey on a television special honoring Bailey.
In , she performed a medley of standards in a duet with Karen Carpenter on the Carpenters' television program Music, Music, Music. Fitzgerald also appeared in TV commercials, her most memorable being an ad for Memorex. Ella Fitzgerald Just One of Those Things is a film about her life including interviews with many famous singers and musicians who worked with her and her son.
It was directed by Leslie Woodhead and produced by Reggie Nadelson. It was released in the UK in Fitzgerald had a number of famous jazz musicians and soloists as sidemen over her long career. Possibly Fitzgerald's greatest unrealized collaboration in terms of popular music was a studio or live album with Frank Sinatra.
Pianist Paul Smith has said, "Ella loved working with [Frank]. Sinatra gave her his dressing-room on A Man and His Music and couldn't do enough for her. Fitzgerald had suffered from diabetes for several years of her later life, which had led to numerous complications. She died in her home from a stroke on June 15, , at the age of Fitzgerald married at least twice, and there is evidence that suggests that she may have married a third time.
Her first marriage was in , to Benny Kornegay, a convicted drug dealer and local dockworker. The marriage was annulled in Together they adopted a child born to Fitzgerald's half-sister, Frances, whom they christened Ray Brown Jr. With Fitzgerald and Brown often busy touring and recording, the child was largely raised by his mother's aunt, Virginia. Fitzgerald and Brown divorced in , bowing to the various career pressures both were experiencing at the time, though they would continue to perform together.
She had even gone as far as furnishing an apartment in Oslo, but the affair was quickly forgotten when Larsen was sentenced to five months' hard labor in Sweden for stealing money from a young woman to whom he had previously been engaged. Fitzgerald was notoriously shy. When she got into the band, she was dedicated to her music She was a lonely girl around New York, just kept herself to herself, for the gig.
From to , Fitzgerald resided in St. Fitzgerald was a civil rights activist; using her talent to break racial barriers across the nation. Granz required promoters to ensure that there was no "colored" or "white" seating. He ensured Fitzgerald was to receive equal pay and accommodations regardless of her sex and race.
If the conditions were not met shows were cancelled. In , Fitzgerald established the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation focusing on charitable grants for four major categories: academic opportunities for children, music education, basic care needs for the less fortunate, medical research revolving around diabetes, heart disease, and vision impairment.
In addition, she supported several nonprofit organizations like the American Heart Association, City of Hope, and the Retina Foundation. The primary collections of Fitzgerald's media and memorabilia reside at and are shared between the Smithsonian Institution and the US Library of Congress . In Fitzgerald was the first African American female to win at the inaugural show. In she received an honorary doctorate of Music from Yale University. The career history and archival material from Fitzgerald's long career are housed in the Archives Center at the Smithsonian 's National Museum of American History , while her personal music arrangements are at the Library of Congress.
Her extensive cookbook collection was donated to the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University , and her extensive collection of published sheet music was donated to UCLA.
In , Newport News, Virginia created a week-long music festival with Christopher Newport University to honor Fitzgerald in her birth city. Callaway's album To Ella with Love features fourteen jazz standards made popular by Fitzgerald, and the album also features the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
Bridgewater's album Dear Ella featured many musicians that were closely associated with Fitzgerald during her career, including the pianist Lou Levy , the trumpeter Benny Powell, and Fitzgerald's second husband, double bassist Ray Brown. Bridgewater's following album, Live at Yoshi's , was recorded live on April 25, , what would have been Fitzgerald's 81st birthday.
Austin's album, For Ella features 11 songs most immediately associated with Fitzgerald, and a twelfth song, "Hearing Ella Sing" is Austin's tribute to Fitzgerald. The album was nominated for a Grammy. In , We All Love Ella , was released, a tribute album recorded for the 90th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth. Folk singer Odetta 's album To Ella is dedicated to Fitzgerald, but features no songs associated with her. For Ella Sinatra's recording of " Mack the Knife " from his album L.
Is My Lady includes a homage to some of the song's previous performers, including 'Lady Ella' herself. The theater is located several blocks away from her birthplace on Marshall Avenue. In , Rod Stewart performed a "virtual duet" with Ella Fitzgerald on his Christmas album Merry Christmas, Baby , and his television special of the same name. There is a bronze sculpture of Fitzgerald in Yonkers, the city in which she grew up, created by American artist Vinnie Bagwell.
Ed Dwight created a series of over 70 bronze sculptures at the St. On January 9, , the United States Postal Service announced that Fitzgerald would be honored with her own postage stamp. In April , she was featured in Google Doodle , depicting her performing on stage.
It celebrated what would have been her 96th birthday. It featured rare footage, radio broadcasts and interviews with Jamie Cullum, Andre Previn, Johnny Mathis, and other musicians, plus a long interview with Fitzgerald's son, Ray Brown Jr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American jazz singer. Newport News, Virginia , U. Beverly Hills, California , U.
Benny Kornegay. Ray Brown. Swing bebop traditional pop blues. Fitzgerald's manager, and the producer of many of her albums, Norman Granz , visited Cole Porter at the Waldorf-Astoria and played him this entire album. Afterwards, Porter merely remarked, "My, what marvelous diction that girl has. This album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in , which is a special Grammy award established in to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance.
All tracks written by Cole Porter , except when noted. Brass and woodwind members on tracks 1. Rudimental string members on tracks 1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ella Fitzgerald. Vocal jazz swing big band. I've Got Beginner's Luck. Oh, Lady Be Good. Things Are Looking Up.
Just Another Rhumba. The Man I Love. That Certain Feeling. By Strauss. Someone to Watch Over Me. Track Listing - Disc 2. Who Cares? Looking for a Boy. They All Laughed. My Cousin in Milwaukee. Somebody from Somewhere. A Foggy Day. Clap Yo' Hands. For You, for Me, for Evermore. Stiff Upper Lip. Things Are Looking Up Just Another Rhumba The Man I Love That Certain Feeling By Strauss Someone to Watch Over Me The Real American Folk Song Who Cares?
DISC 2: 1. Looking for a Boy 2. They All Laughed 3. My Cousin in Milwaukee 4. Somebody from Somewhere 5. By far the best of any of the songbooks Ella Fitzgerald made "The George and Ira Gershwin" songbook is a tour de force of pure genius from Ella and legendary arranger Nelson Riddle. Originally released as 5 albums in this new re-release of the project has had a digital remastering with the addition of bonus takes and mixes etc/5(42).