Happy birthday, Ella Fitzgerald! The “First Lady of Song” would have been 95 years old.
Her voice is instantly recognizable. Her youthful exuberance, pure sound and positive energy just make you feel good. Her incredible technical abilities were self-evident, but when she sang, she radiated a joy consistent with her own character both on and off the bandstand.
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