Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz

Paperback | September 1, 1995

byStuart Nicholson

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The life of the very private and media-shy Ella Fitzgerald has long been shrouded in a mixture of half-truths and fiction. What emerges in Stuart Nicholson's groundbreaking biography is a remarkable story of a poor black girl's determination to realize the American Dream in the face of racial and sexual prejudice. She succeeded, and is now the definition of "jazz singer" to millions, one of the greatest of all jazz musicians. In this fullest account ever of her life, Nicholson draws on fresh research and interviews with Ella's friends and colleagues. Supplemented by Phil Schaap's authoritative discography, Ella Fitzgerald is a rich and revealing portrait of one of the most popular American singers in history.

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Today, Ella Fitzgerald defines "jazz singer", recognized as one of the greatest jazz performers in the world. Nicholson draws on fresh research and interviews with Ella's friends and colleagues to tell the remarkable story of how this poor, black girl realized her American Dream in the face of racial and sexual prejudice. 29 illustrati...

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The life of the very private and media-shy Ella Fitzgerald has long been shrouded in a mixture of half-truths and fiction. What emerges in Stuart Nicholson's groundbreaking biography is a remarkable story of a poor black girl's determination to realize the American Dream in the face of racial and sexual prejudice. She succeeded, and is...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.15 × 6.08 × 1.05 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Da Capo Press

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ISBN - 10:0306806428

ISBN - 13:9780306806421

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Today, Ella Fitzgerald defines "jazz singer", recognized as one of the greatest jazz performers in the world. Nicholson draws on fresh research and interviews with Ella's friends and colleagues to tell the remarkable story of how this poor, black girl realized her American Dream in the face of racial and sexual prejudice. 29 illustrations