First Lady of Song

First Lady of Song

by Ella Fitzgerald
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First Lady of Song

First Lady, President, and a Congress of song unto herself, Ella Fitzgerald is the greatest jazz vocalist music has yet to see. Fitzgerald had magic in her voice both before and after her association with Verve Records in the 1950's -- still, nothing quite compares with the triumphant string of recordings she cut with the legendary label. FIRST LADY OF SONG brings together stellar performances from her many Verve projects, including the historic "Songbook" sessions that found her covering the work of such classic composers as Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, and Kern, as well as recordings that teamed her with such jazz icons as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. No matter the tony material or fast company, Ella effortlessly commanded the spotlight. FIRST LADY OF SONG provides all the evidence ever needed that Fitzgerald remains the yardstick to measure all vocal talent -- she's still the one to beat.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/1993
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731451789823
catalogNumber: 517898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Taylor   Reeds
Bill Doggett   Piano,Conductor
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Bob Cooper   Trombone,Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Bill Holman   Alto Saxophone
Dick Hyman   Organ
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mel Lewis   Drums
Melba Liston   Trombone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Drums
Billy May   Conductor
Red Mitchell   Bass
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Ted Nash   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Bill Perkins   Trumpet
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Marshall Royal   Flute,Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Barrett Deems   Drums
Bob Enevoldsen   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Ronnie Lang   Alto Saxophone
Lou Levy   Piano,Cello
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Viola   Guitar
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Wild Bill Davis   Organ
Frank deVol   Conductor
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Trummy Young   Trombone
Ray Copeland   Trumpet
Med Flory   Bass Saxophone
Aarons   Trumpet
Don Abney   Piano
Porcino   Trumpet
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Max Bennett   Bass
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Keter Betts   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Bass Saxophone
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Eric Dixon   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Frank Flynn   Vibes
Frank Foster   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Reeds
Chuck Gentry   Bass Saxophone
Bill Graham   Reeds
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hughart   Bass
Bill Hughes   Trombone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Gus Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
John Kitzmiller   Tuba
Billy Kyle   Piano
John Lamb   Bass
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Marty Paich   Conductor
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Don Rader   Trumpet
Flip Ricard   Trumpet
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
John Sanders   Trombone
Stuff Smith   Piano,Vocals
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Ray Tunia   Piano
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kai Winding   Trombone
Phil Woods   Reeds
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Bill Yancey   Bass
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Dale Jones   Bass
Tommy Turk   Trombone
Eddie Jones   Bass
Herbie Jones   Trumpet
Joe Howard   Trombone
Wilmer Shakesnider   Reeds
Carl Davis   Reeds
Lucille Dixon   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Doggett   Arranger
Herb Ellis   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Billy May   Arranger
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Van Alexander   Composer
Frank deVol   Arranger
Trummy Young   Composer
Johnny Frigo   Composer
Michael Lang   Executive Producer,Compilation Supervisor
Marty Paich   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Phil Schaap   Vault Research
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
David Lau   Art Direction
Geoffrey Mark Fidelman   Liner Notes
Lou Carter   Composer
John Freigo   Composer
Biff Jones   Composer
Charles Meyer   Composer

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First Lady of Song 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, where to start? She can sing quietly - beautifully- an underrated talent, and a rare one to achieve without sounding like you're just talking. The dejected, beautiful cynicism of "Lush Life" has to be one of the most evocative of her songs: recalling places we haven't been and feelings we've never had, for those of us who have only sniffed around the edges of this wonderful, indulgent but humble misery. My skin still prickles when I hear it, and it makes the sad experiences of a wasted adulthood seem both desirable and dream-like. Does anybody know what I mean? Contact me if you do!
nazareth62 More than 1 year ago
This lady is America's finest vocalist ever with regard to pop and jazz! Any title by Ella Fitzgerald is worth a listen. While they are not all essential you can't go wrong buying anything with her name attached to it! Ella will bring you endless hours of joy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this cd set. Her voice is so sultry and devine. This cd tracks her career for many years and includes the greatest standards of all time.