Ella Fitzgerald is a name that music fans will never forget. Often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella, this woman with her powerful voice was an icon. After enduring tumultuous teenage years, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country. After Webb died, Fitzgerald left in 1942 to start a solo career that would last effectively the rest of her life.
In 1993, Fitzgerald retired from her fifty-nine year career with a last public performance. She died three years later at the age of 79, following years of decline in her health. After her death, Fitzgerald’s influence lived on through her fourteen Grammy Awards, National Medal of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and tributes in the form of stamps, music festivals, and theater namesakes. She might be gone, but she is yet to be forgotten.
Her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career. Throughout her career, this incredible lady has given us a lot of beautiful melodies. Featured in the video below is one of them. This clip shares a live performance of “Summertime” that was recorded in 1968. Ella’s unbelievable cover is going to send shivers down your spine for sure!
Check out her amazing version of this beautiful classic below! Did you enjoy that as much as we did? Let us know in the comments section!
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