Fun Fact 2 This successful jazz singer had a fantastic vocal range which
earned her various nicknames including the 'Queen of Jazz', 'Lady Ella'
and the 'First Lady of Song'.
Fun Fact 3: Ella Fitzgerald had a long and successful music career. She
recorded songs for around sixty years! Some of her most successful and
best-selling songs included Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye and Dream A Little
Dream of Me.
Fun Fact 4: Ella Fitzgerald's parents were William and Temperance (Tempie).
Her parents split up shortly after she was born. Her mother met another
man called Joseph Da Silva who was a Portuguese immigrant. They moved to
New York and Ella started attending Benjamin Franklin Junior High School
when she was six years old.
Fun Fact 5: Ella Fitzgerald had a passion for dancing and singing. Her
family regularly attended church and it was during these days that
Ella's love for music developed.
Fun Fact 6: Ella Fitzgerald faced many difficult times during her
childhood as her mother passed away in 1932 leaving her with her abusive
stepfather. After playing truant from school and later running away to
live with her aunt, the authorities placed her in an orphanage in the
Bronx. She was later moved to Hudson, to the New York Training School
for Girls. Ella's sorrowful time continued as she escaped from the
Training School and ended up homeless for a time.
Fun Fact 7: Ella Fitzgerald was seventeen years old when her music
career began. She performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York's area of
Fun Fact 8: Ella Fitzgerald began singing with Chick Webb and his band
the 'Tiny Bradshaw' at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. They produced many
songs including 'Love and Kisses' and 'If You Can't Sing It, You'll Have
to Swing It'.
Fun Fact 9: Ella Fitzgerald became widely recognized when she produced a
version of 'A-Tisket, A-Tasket' in 1938 which was a nursery rhyme that
she had co-written.
Fun Fact 10: In 1939, after the death of their bandleader Chick Webb,
Ella Fitzgerald took over the lead position and the group were renamed
'Ella and her Famous Orchestra'. Together, they produced almost 150
Fun Fact 11: Ella and her Famous Orchestra came to an end in 1942 as she
had decided to become a solo singer.
Fun Fact 12: Ella Fitzgerald starred as Maggie Jackson is the Warner
Brothers movie 'Jack Webb's'. She regarded this acting role as the
biggest thing that had ever happened to her. Following this, Ella made
numerous TV and film appearances.
Fun Fact 13: Ella Fitzgerald produced some excellent songs with Louis
Armstrong. Together, they produced two Verve studio albums
Fun Fact 14: Ella Fitzgerald received countless awards for her success
in the music business. She had sold more than 40 million album copies.
She was awarded 13 Grammy Awards.
Fun Fact 15: Ella Fitzgerald was a talented lady and her achievements
were recognized. She was presented with the National Medal of Arts Award
by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George Bush.
She passed away in 1996 at the age of 79.