Everywhere I go, when I meet new people and they find out what I do, they start telling me their very own Ella Fitzgerald stories. From the deli guy at the market who knew just how she liked her tuna salad (easy on the mayo) to the librarian at the local elementary school who saw her in concert forty years ago. We all love these stories, and if you have one you'd like to tell, please email it to us and we'll share it here with all of you who have been touched by Ella and her magical voice.
We received such a nice memory via email the other day - from Brother Paul C. - a Jesuit teacher who used some of Ella's recordings in his teaching. Here goes:
For a number of years, I taught high school students at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Washington State. The course was “The United States since 1945.” One unit was about the American Pop Ballad and I always played Ella's recording of "Someone To Watch Over Me" - and I played it on the Catholic Holy day of The Feast of the Guardian Angels! The boys liked it, but the girls really loved it because the song lyrics so strongly reflect a woman's heart.
What a lovely memory - thank you so much Brother Paul. I bet that Ella herself and the Gershwin brothers who wrote this song would have loved this story.
We all have our memories of Ella...listening to her magnificent voice on a moonlit beach, swinging along at a live performance, or maybe catching her on the Ed Sullivan Show. And then, there is the joy of introducing Ella's lyrical voice to our kids and grandkids...
In celebration of Ella's 95th Birthday (April 25, 2012), we'd like to share our memories.
If you have memories of Ella, please email them to us. Your favorite Ella song, the time you saw her in concert...a ticket stub or concert program. We would love to hear from you! And let us know if you would like us to use your name or post your photo.
Here's one of my favorite memories:
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In 1978, I was a young librarian, just starting my career...and pretty broke. But as soon as I had scraped together a little extra cash, I ran to Tower Records in Hollywood and bought "Ella Fitzgerald Sings Gershwin" - the whole Gershwin songbook. It still has pride of place on my shelf. It's hard to find that 3-cd set now, but we're pretty fond of the cd pictured here. We hope that you will enjoy it, too.