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Ella Fitzgerald The First Lady of Song was in a class of her own She was probably the most amazing female jazz singer of all time She was blessed with a gorgeous voice and wide range Ella was known for her pure and personal tone remarkable voice control ability to improvise and flawless intonation and phrasing Feather168 The only flaw Ella was known for was her inability to sing the downbeat all of songs were joyful and she did not know any other way Ella Fitzgeralds voice would become a soundtrack for many peoples lives after 1935 Ella was born on April 25 1918 in Newport News Virginia As a child she was taken up north to Yonkers New York with her mother She was taken to an orphanage soon after and raised there but she gives the credit of raising her to her aunt Virginia Williams She grew up in poverty most of her life and was practically homeless the year before she received her big break In 1941 she married Bernie Kornegay a shipyard worker But they were quickly divorced in 1943 Ella married again in 1949 to Ray Brown a jazz musician From this marriage she was given a son Ray Jr her only child Unfortunately this marriage did not work either and the two were divorced in 1953 During her teen years Ella had won several amateur contests Then at age 16 she entered a Harlem talent show because of a dare When she had entered she signed up as a dancer When she was called up to perform she could hardly move from stage fright So instead of dancing Ella went out and sang She sang two songs by the Boswell sisters Judy and The Object of My Affection She ended up winning first prize Benny Carter had been at the talent
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