Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography Of The First Lady Of Jazz

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Da Capo Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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The life of the very private and media-shy Ella Fitzgerald has long been shrouded in a mixture of half-truths and fiction. What emerges in Stuart Nicholson's groundbreaking biography is a remarkable story of a poor black girl's determination to realize the American Dream in the face of racial and sexual prejudice. She succeeded, and is now the definition of "jazz singer" to millions, one of the greatest of all jazz musicians. In this fullest account ever of her life, Nicholson draws on fresh research and interviews with Ella's friends and colleagues. Supplemented by Phil Schaap's authoritative discography, Ella Fitzgerald is a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most popular American singers in history.
 

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ELLA FITZGERALD: A Biography

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The First Lady of Song is more than deserving of a full-length biography, and English musician-critic Nicholson (Jazz: The Modern Resurgence, not reviewed) is erudite and intelligent. But this book is ... Read full review

Ella Fitzgerald: a biography of the first lady of jazz

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Ella Fitzgerald's hit song "A-Tisket, A-Tasket'' grabbed national attention in 1938, and over the next three decades she won much popular and critical acclaim. Born in poverty, she rose to perform at ... Read full review

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Contents

19171950
2
19511955
14
1935
26
19351938
42
19581942
58
19421946
76
19461947
90
19471949
108
19551957
158
19571959
174
19601966
190
19641972
206
19721978
216
19781995
226
NOTES
246
DISCOGRAPHY
260

19491952
124
19521955
140

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Stuart Nicholson's books include Jazz: The 1980s Resurgence (also available from Da Capo /Perseus Books Group) and Billie Holiday. He lives in England.

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