Ella Fitzgerald would have celebrated her 100th birthday today, April 25. The “First Lady of Song” was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. The legendary #jazz singer’s career was launched after winning Amateur Night at the Apollo in Harlem.
“Once up there, I felt the acceptance and love from my audience,” #EllaFitzgerald said. “I knew I wanted to sing before people the rest of my life.”
She died in 1996 at the age of 79.
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