On this day in 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song,” was born in Newport News, Virginia. Fitzgerald dedicated her life to jazz and she won 13 Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million albums throughout her career.
Fitzgerald kicked off her jazz career after meeting musician Chick Webb and joining his band as his singer. She soon starting performing frequently at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. She soon became famous began as people came from all over to see her perform alongside Chick Webb.
She later gained the title as the “Queen of Jazz” due to signature skill in imitating instrumental sounds as she performed.
Learn more about Fitzgerald’s path to success with American Experience’s brief overview and timeline. Image Caption: Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten 1940 (Library of Congress).
it’s a little too quiet around here now. sometimes i really wish i could live by myself but even as i look for a new place to live, i cant seem to bring myself to commit to getting a place by myself. i think i’m afraid of myself and my own thoughts…
and even though i’ve told my parents that i’m committed to los angeles, i can’t seem to feel the same way anymore. i want to be home. but i’m not sure if that’s san jose anymore. it sure as hell isn’t LA. was it barcelona? that all could have been the high to travelling. what says that i wouldn’t be just as dissatisfied fishing on the fjords of norway.
“It’s just I have this problem Where I want to be everywhere I’m not”
Last night i couldnt sleep at all so i went to garageband on my ipad and made a poor version of the dark knight theme because its my favorite movie theme. its actually alright considering i did the whole thing while pissed off and in bed.