Ella Fitzgerald's Accomplishments

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Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song” or “Lady Ella”, was an extraordinary singer highly known in the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Virginia then moving to New York, Ella grew up during the 1920s and got her breakthrough in the early 1930s. She joined an orchestra and produced her first number one single, A-Tisket, A-Tasket. Ella’s contributions to the Harlem Renaissance included not only her songs, but her appearances in movies such as. Ella Fitzgerald is shaped into the woman that she once was through her background, accomplishments, challenges and hardships; she also leaves a legacy that would continue on to influence many generations to come. Born Ella Jane Fitzgerald, Ella was born in Newport News, Virginia on April…show more content…
There Ella sung the songs “Judy”, a Hoagy Carmichael tune, and “The Object of My Affection”. She left the crowd flabbergasted with her performance and won first place in the Apollo Theater’s contest. Among the crowd was bandleader and drummer Chick Webb. Chick Webb soon recruited Ella for his orchestra/band who she recorded her first single “Love and Kisses” in 1935. Later in 1935 Ella produced her first and second number one hit “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” and “I Found My Yellow Basket” respectively. Ella became the leader of Chick’s band, renamed Ella Fitzgerald and Her Orchestra, after his death in 1939. From the 1940s to the early 1990s, Ella will go on to be the first African American woman to receive a Grammy with twelve more to follow, produce over 200 albums and 2,000 songs, receive the NAACP Image Award for Lifetime Achievement, and to receive the Presidential Medal of…show more content…
She would go on to join Chick Webb and his band to produce her first two number one singles. Still fighting toward the future, Ella went through two marriages, produced over 200 albums and won thirteen Grammies. She then struggled with health problems from 1987 until her death on June 15, 1996. Even after her death, Ella left a legacy that inspired the generation after her passing; thus, resulted in a tribute album dedicated to the late singer. Ella lived a life full of twist and turns, but she kept striving for the future. No matter what obstacles fate throws at her, Ella persevered through think and thin to continue

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