Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald — born 100 years ago on April 25, 1917

100 Years ago, on April 25, 1917, (read about her here) Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. After Ella’s death, The New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote that Ella had

performed a cultural transaction as extraordinary as Elvis‘ contemporaneous integration of white and African American soul. Here was a black woman popularizing urban songs often written by immigrant Jews to a national audience of predominantly white Christians.

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