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Ella Fitzgerald Part Two

Ella Fitzgerald Part Two

Ella Fitzgerald Part Two

You no longer have to wait, for it’s here, Ella Fitzgerald Part Two. I been trying to get this on my website, for 57 years. I know the internet wasn’t invented yet, nor was I a fan, but I knew I had to publish it before I do Part Three.

Early Career


A young Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1940

While she seems to have survived during 1933 and 1934 in part from singing on the streets of HarlemFitzgerald made her most important debut at age 17 on November 21, 1934, in one of the earliest Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theater. She had intended to go on stage and dance, but she was intimidated by a local dance duo called the Edwards Sisters and opted to sing instead. Performing in the style of Connee Boswell, she sang

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