Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

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1956

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook is a 1956 album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by a studio orchestra conducted and arranged by Buddy Bregman, focusing on the songs of Cole Porter. This was Fitzgerald's first album for the newly created Verve Records. Fitzgerald's time on the Verve label would see her produce her most highly acclaimed recordings, at the peak of her vocal powers. This album inaugurated Fitzgerald's Songbook series, each of the eight albums in the series focusing on a different composer of the canon known as the Great American Songbook. Fitzgerald's manager, (and the producer of many of her albums), Norman Granz, visited Cole Porter at the Waldolf-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 2000, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance." In 2003, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Recorded February 7 – March 27, 1956, Hollywood, Los Angeles:

     Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals
     Pete Candoli – Trumpet
     Harry "Sweets" Edison
     Maynard Ferguson
     Conrad Gozzo
     Milt Bernhart – Trombone
     Joe Howard
     Lloyd Ulyate
     George Roberts – Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Baritone)
     Bob Cooper – Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone (Tenor)
     Herb Geller – Clarinet, Saxophone (Alto)
     Chuck Gentry – Clarinet (Bass), Saxophone (Baritone)
     Ted Nash – Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone (Tenor)
     Bud Shank – Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone (Alto)
     Robert LaMarchina – Cello
     Edgar Lustgarten
     Corky Hale – Harp
     Barney Kessel – Guitar
     Joe Mondragon – Double Bass
     Paul Smith – Piano, Celeste
     Alvin Stoller – Percussion, drums
     Buddy Bregman – Arranger, Conductor

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Buddy Bregman, who arranged and conducted the legendary Cole Porter Songbook, reminisces about working with Ella. It's a mishmash of impressions and memories, with some very charming details.

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