Today would have been the hundredth birthday of Ms. Ella Fitzgerald, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, often referred to as the "First Lady of Song." Lindy hoppers around the world continue to enjoy and dance to Ella's music. Be sure and play your favorites at your local dance and at home.
Here's some of our favorite Ella songs. What are yours?
"Tain't What You Do It's the Way that You Do it," with the Chick Webb Orchestra, 1939
Bei Mir Bist du Schoen.
"I'm Beginning to See the Light," 1945
Frim Fram Sauce, 1946
"It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got that Swing" 1957
"Bill Bailey", 1962
Jesse Miner particularly loves this one : "Dukes Place" with the Duke Ellington orchestra, 1966.
And finally, check out this awesome tribute to Ella by Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, and Jon Hendricks from 1979. (Thanks, Jesse!)