Five things I did not know about Ella Fitzgerald
- She was born in 1917 in Virginia, but moved with her mother to New York State as a child, part of the Great Migration of African Americans seeking a better life in the northern states.
- Her mother died in a car crash in 1932, when Ella was only 15. She fell out with her stepfather and became homeless for a time.
- Her first hit was a version of a children’s rhyme “A Tisket A Tasket”, released in 1938
- In 1954 she was three days late to a tour of Australia, because she and three other black tour members were not allowed to board their flight from Honolulu to Sydney.
- She was active in the Civil Rights movement and refused to perform at segregated venues.
Something I did know: Ella’s was one of the great singing voices. This is one of her back catalogue. “I’ll Never Be Free” was a minor hit for her in 1950. Singing with Louis Jordan and his fine band, Ella makes it just shine.
- Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
- A side: “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (with Louis Armstrong)
- B side: “I’ll Never Be Free” (with Louis Jordan)
- Format: 10”, 78 rpm, shellac, mono
- Label: Decca
- Made in: Australia
- Catalogue: Y6302
- Year: 1950
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