The Queen Of Jazz Celebrates 100 Years

On April 25, 1917, Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia and jazz music was changed forever and for the better. The famed singer died in 1996, so we remember her on what would’ve been her 100th birthday. Fitzgerald first gained recognition in 1934 after singing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem during its amateur night. She impressed influential people in the music industry so much that it earned her a place on tour with the Tiny Bradshaw band. Eventually, Fitzgerald came into her own stardom, winning a total of 13 Grammys, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1967, making her the first woman to receive the honor.

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