Ella Fitzgerald - Best Songs and Hits
"First Lady of Jazz, First Lady of Songs, the owner of a voice with a range of three octaves, a master of scat and vocal improvisation, and one of the legendary icons of jazz, who in her lifetime alone sold over 40 million of her recordings all over the world! All of this, of course, is about the charming Ella Fitzgerald…
Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917, and lived a long, rich and colorful life, passing away in 1996 at the age of 79. Her career began with performances in the theater. She won the sympathy of guests before she met orchestra director Chick Webb. He liked Ella's voice and manner, but initially he didn't want to do business with her because he didn't like the way the singer looked. But Webb, fortunately, decided to give her a chance, allowing her to sing in his band. As a result, Fitzgerald impressed everyone, from the audience to the musicians!
Ella has recorded and performed an enormous number of songs during her career, including great hits and stunning duets! She has collaborated with the leading icons of her time, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, The Ink Spots and others. Fitzgerald left us, but her music lives on to this day. Her compositions, like the image itself, have become classics. She was a popular jazz singer who worked with many artists throughout her career. The list of her creative accomplishments infinitebut today we decided to focus on some of her best songs...
The composition "Summertime" was written by the master of music George Gershwin into words Heyward's Dubosewho wrote the book Porgy. The song was intended for the opera Porgy and Bess.
It's a solo moment of truth, but there's also a version where the incomparable Fitzgerald joins the brilliant musician To Louis Armstrong!
Ella's clear, crystalline sound contrasts perfectly with Louis' husky voice. Critically acclaimed, "Summertime" is considered a jazz standard, and musical genius Stephen Sondheim has declared that the lyrics of this song are "the best in the history of musical theater.
"Cry Me A River"
One of the most beautiful songs in Fitzgerald's repertoire - and also the most popular. The composition is endowed not only with a superb melody and performance, but also with a lyrical content that penetrates to the heart…
"Well, you say you're lonely,
You cried all night long.
Now pour the tears,
Crying tears for me -
How I poured them over you.
Now you say you're sorry,
That he was unfaithful to me.
Now pour tears for me,
Crying tears for me -
How I poured them over you..."
"The Lady Is A Tramp" (ft. Frank Sinatra)
Magnificent duet! Definitely: Ella and Frank's voices match perfectly...
One of the best collaborations of Fitzgerald's career, which, by the way, is popular with fans to this day: millions of views on YouTube. These two really made magic on the same stage...
The song she recorded with the Chick Webb Orchestra.
This is an energetic composition based on On a children's song. In fact, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" is a unique classic. Not many compositions are based on nursery rhymes or games, and Ella made the right decision to record this song, because it sold a lot of copies...
Personal Song about a woman who can't get the man out of her head. She wants to forget him, but she can't, because she still loves him. A very heartfelt composition about love and regret. Who hasn't been in a situation where they wanted to get someone out of their head after a relationship ended? We're sure the lyrics are is close to many…
Fitzgerald's version has a recognizable tempo, and jazz mixed with a country sound. The musical arrangement not of this world!
"Mack the Knife."
It's not every day you hear a song about a serial offenderespecially performed by such a diva as Ella Fitzgerald. And yet! Despite the fact that this is a rather unusual, challenging and atypical narration for herself, Ella handled it with flying colors. Yes she did that legendary song. his!
The melody, with its upbeat jazz rhythm, is quite cheerful, which charges such a harsh lyric with a special atmosphere. There's also orchestral splashesbut Ella's vocals are strong enough that she can keep up with the rhythm changes. She shows absolute professionalism here, especially by continuing her confident performance while forgetting the words of the song...
Finally, here are some more delightful compositions performed by the incomparable Fitzgerald... By the way, don't forget to share your preferences in the comments. This diva has so many gorgeous numbers that we are more than sure that it is impossible to collect them in one selection.
"One Note Samba.
"Lullaby of Birdland."
"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (ft. Duke Ellington)