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Tag: Ella Fitzgerald

Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thumb_Today we look at the first six African American women musicians who have made major contributions to the entertainment scene of the 20th century. Many of these individuals are still alive and continue to work for the improvement of the status and experience of Blacks, both in the United States and abroad. Many of these works help to fight for the rights of the Black people in this country from slavery to freedom. Many of them have also participated in both the freedom struggles against the forces of bias, segregation, and relegation to second-class status; the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the legislation of the Great Society have given many of these women the opportunity to serve their people. These women continue to fight for the rich heritage of the African Americans.


This is the first of a four part series that celebrates lives and contributions of these musicians. It is, by necessity, a long document, but it details the lives and representative work of these very talented individuals.

Let us celebrate the lives and works of these women who used their musical talents for the cause of the African American people and the Civil Rights movement. We now will proceed to examine the lives and works of these African American Women in more detail... GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2012 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Milestones in History — Musicians:

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“The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.”
— Duke Ellington

“I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players.”
— David Bowie

“A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.”
— Frank Zappa

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Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbI remember hearing the lyrics sung by Ella Fitzgerald sung on the radio. Her voice was “golden” and the songs that she recorded were really a work of art. Ella arose from common-law parents who separated shortly after her birth. She moved from Virginia to Yonkers, New York with her mother; she did not grow up in a wealthy environment and was a very shy girl. But when her mother died when she was fifteen, she was passed from one relative to another; she finally ended up in an orphanage in the Bronx.

Although she wanted to become a dancer in her early years, her voice attracted a lot of attention. Two years after her mother’s death, she was persuaded by a relative to enter the amateur night competition held by the Apollo Theater in Harlem, home of the Harlem Renaissance. The rest, as they say, is history!


She originally intended to dance for the competition, but after seeing two sisters dance so well before she went on stage, she decided to sing instead. She won the $25.00 first prize and brings down the house with a rendition of "The Object of My Affection". She proceeded to sing in several Big Bands and eventually won a recording contract with Decca Records. She had an exciting career and was honored by numerous Grammy Awards and presidential honors and medals. She is truly an American success story!

But now, let’s get on with exploring the career of this great lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2011 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Ella Fitzgerald:


“I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.”
— Ella Fitzgerald

“It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.”
— Ella Fitzgerald

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
— Ella Fitzgerald

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