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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 ...
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Ella Fitzgerald

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Overview

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.






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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Traci Turnbow-Biotti
This biography in the "Up Close" series chronicles the life of female jazz sensation Ella Fitzgerald. Ella always knew that someday she would be famous. As an African-American girl growing up in Harlem during a time of racism and segregation, Ella overcame the difficult trials of her youth and became one of the greatest jazz legends the world has ever known. Ella's voice and stage presence packed theatres around the world and inspired the breakdown of the racial walls that were deeply ingrained in the culture of her time. Ms. Fitzgerald performed with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Louie Armstrong. Although Ella was a very shy and private person, she had an innate need to perform for her fans, gracing the stages of such famous theaters as the Apollo and Carnegie Hall. She even began appearing on television shows, in commercials, and in movies. In addition to her fabulous music career, the Grammy-winning singer had a generous spirit, graciously performing at benefit concerts, building child care centers, and donating money to causes such as diabetes research, music instruction, and education. Ella might say that she lived a charmed but lonely life; her fans would say she used her charm to make a difference in the world through her soulful music and compassionate gifts. Reviewer: Traci Turnbow-Biotti
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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, NJ

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Kirkus Reviews
Explaining that the story of her subject's life was often filled with misinformation, Stone uses extensive resources to set the record straight. In the process, she offers a lovely view of one of music's finest contributors, whose career came about by chance but was maintained and nurtured by those who realized the gift she possessed. Stone's insertion of quotes, news clippings and information from biographies for adults, all very carefully sourced in the backmatter, adds humor, insight and spirit to an already lively subject. This is also a remarkable look at race relations in this country during the early years of Fitzgerald's career and on into those times when she was at her peak in popularity. Indeed, it is hard to read many of these stories without being furious, while at the same time cheering on those who fought so hard for what others wanted to deny. Readers will come away knowing much more about jazz history than they would have expected and will find it hard to stop reading about this fascinating woman. (source notes, bibliography, index, author's note) (Biography. 11+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440639111
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Series: Penguin Up Close Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 592,473
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Tanya Lee Stone has written many biographies for young readers. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
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