Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

by Tanya Lee Stone

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440639111
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/10/2008
Series: Penguin Up Close Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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

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smohri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it was well written and researched. It was well organized and easy to follow for those who may not know much about jazz or the history of jazz. Though there weren't a lot of pictures, they helped to put a face on the many famous jazz artists that came up in the book. I also enjoyed reading about Ella's manager who fought to get her and her band mates to be treated fairly, whether they were in the South or abroad. I would definitely try another biography in this series.
3g-9m More than 1 year ago
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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I love that book