Google Doodle Celebrates 96th Birthday of 'Queen of Jazz' Ella Fitzgerald

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Today Google posts a doodle in commemoration to the American jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Also known as the First Lady of Song and Queen of Jazz, Ella was known for her high vocal range and purity in tone. The Doodle shows Ella performing with her band on the stage.

Google Doodle Celebrates 96th Birthday of Ella Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald made her singing debut when she was 17 years old at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. It is here where gained recognition as a singer and thus began her illustrious carrier in music which spanned for 59 year. she sold 40 million copies of her 70-plus albums, won 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.

Notably Fitzgerald's big break came in 1938, when she recorded a nursery rhyme called A-Tisket, A-Tasket, for which she also co-wrote brought he wide public acclaim.

She has had several popular hits while recording with other popular artists such as Bill Kenny & The Ink Spots, Louis Jordan, and the Delta Rhythm Boys.

Her 1945 scat recording of Flying Home was described by The New York Times as one of the most influential vocal jazz records of the decade.

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