Ella Fitzgerald


Newport News, Virginia, Virginia, United States
| Died =
Beverly Hills, California, California, United States
| Genre = Ballads, Swing music, traditional pop, vocal jazz
| Occupation = Vocalist
| Years_active = 1934-1993
| Label = Capitol Records, Decca Records, Pablo Records, Reprise Records, Verve Records
| URL = http://ellafitzgerald.com/
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Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as "Jazz royalty", the "Queen of Scat" and the "First Lady of Song", was an American jazz vocalist.

With a vocal range spanning three octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. She is widely considered to have been one of the supreme interpreters of the Great American Songbook.

Over a recording career that lasted 59 years, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.