Ella Fitzgeraldby Tanya Lee Stone
But who was the woman behind the name? How did a teenage runaway become a renowned jazz singer? Long after her homeless days, Ella
The name ?Ella Fitzgerald? brings to mind a silky voice crooning jazz standards. The First Lady of Song earned her nickname by touring almost nonstop for over fifty years, winning thirteen Grammys, and recording album after album.
But who was the woman behind the name? How did a teenage runaway become a renowned jazz singer? Long after her homeless days, Ella remained insecure?she often suffered stage fright. Yet she was a born performer, able to improvise lyrics and record songs in single takes. She even seemed more comfortable on stage than off, and close friends found her hard to truly know.
Tanya Lee Stone's Up Close biography delivers several never-before-published details of this intensely private, legendary singer's life.
Gr 7 Up- This biography of the legendary jazz singer (1917-1996) does an excellent job of introducing her musical legacy to young adults. It focuses on her work, but offers insights as well into her personal life. Clearly written and well organized, the book describes her difficult and troubled childhood. Fitzgerald was shy, no great beauty, overweight, and black. Her musical skills, hard work, the support of key figures in her life, and a bit of luck brought her enormous professional and financial success. Stone gives readers a great appreciation of a rare talent, of a singer who could do things with a melody that few others could do, and they will come to share the writer's obvious love of her subject. A must-buy for teens who are familiar with Fitzgerald's music as well as for those who are not.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Tanya Lee Stone has written many biographies for young readers. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
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I like this because it talks about a woman named Ella Fitzgerald and her passion to play music for others. When she was a kid, she had much trouble with what is going on with her family so when she started to get older she had started to love music. On June 12, 1935, Ella Fitzgerald had walked into the Decca recording studios. But when she was always roaming the streets of New York and then she had joined a very big and popular band which was called the Chick Webb Band. She met people like Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis, Lou Levy, and Bing Crosby. Ella and the band had made huge success in the past few months when they first started playing as one band. Later on when the band was playing music, Ella had met someone named Ray Brown and they married in 1951 and their career had made a huge impact on their relationship. So far Ella has made a lot of music which made her career sky rocket when she started singing on her own without her band . Normally she would have told her band about it but Ella was still anxious that if being with her band is very important to her she would be with them now but she still is but she is making her own music and has sold over 1 million copies of her albums and she earned over 10s of the thousands of dollars making her reputation a whole lot better. Millions and millions of people have bought her music and they thought it was amazing to listen to to past the time and to feel like they are at home, but mostly Ella's music can change the minds of people who think that her jazz music is a key factor to her career
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