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A Guide to African and African-American Studies


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Happy 100th Birthday Ella!










Credit:  Ella Fitzgerald (with Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt Jackson) by William Paul Gottlieb, gelatin silver print, c. 1947 (printed later). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Lisa Ruthel and Anup Mahurkar

“Wait Till You See Her” from the 1956 Ella Fitzgerald sings the Rogers and Hart Song Book.

''I never knew how good our songs were,'' Ira Gershwin once said to George T. Simon, ''until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them.''


An Ella Fitzgerald Centennial (Alexandra S. Levine, New York Today):


Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy (Susan Stamberg)


Ella Fitzgerald at 100 (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal)




Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald & Ladies of Swing

 St. Louis Symphony, Sunday, June 11, 2017 3:00PM [Powell Hall]


“Join the STL Symphony and dazzling vocalist Dee Daniels as we celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday and also pay homage to the other great ladies of swing: Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.  You’ll hear legendary classics including, “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “Fever,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” “Mack The Knife” and many more!”


From the WU Catalog:

AUTHOR       Lefkovitz, Aaron E., author.

TITLE: Three transnational jazz singers (Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald): a political history of music.

Aaron E. Lefkovits ; with a foreword by Richard Witts.

PUBLISHED    Lewiston, New York : The Edwin Mellen Press, [2016]

Gaylord Music Library B ML3508.L


AUTHOR       Rosamond, Mary.

TITLE:  Ella Fitzgerald through color & song  abridged essay by Patricia Willard.

PUBLISHED    [St. Louis, Mo. : Washington University : M. Rosamond], 2007.

DESCRIPT     41 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm + 1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.)

Special Collections Gen ML420.F576 R67 2007            LIB USE ONLY


AUTHOR       Nicholson, Stuart, 1948-

TITLE: Ella Fitzgerald : the complete biography

PUBLISHED    New York : Routledge, 2004.

Gaylord Music Library M ML420.F576 N52 2004            NOT CHECKED OUT


AUTHOR       Fritts, Ron.

TITLE: Ella Fitzgerald : the Chick Webb years & beyond / Ron Fritts and Ken Vail.

PUBLISHED    Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2003.

Gaylord Music Library M ML420.F576 F74 2003            NOT CHECKED OUT


AUTHOR       Fidelman, Geoffrey Mark.

TITLE: First lady of song : Ella Fitzgerald for the record / Geoffrey Mark Fidelman.

PUBLISHED    Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Pub. Group, c1994.

Gaylord Music Library M ML420 F576 F5 1994             NOT CHECKED OUT


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