Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz Singer

Birthday April 25, 1917

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace Newport News, VA

DEATH DATE Jun 15, 1996 (79)

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The Queen of Jazz who won thirteen Grammy Awards and became a legend for singing "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" and "I'm Making Believe."

Before Fame

After the death of her mother in 1932, she worked as a lookout for a bordello and for a Mafioso numbers runner.


Her rendition of "Summertime" with Louis Armstrong is considered one of the best collaborations in music history.

Family Life

She married Benjamin Kornegay on December 26, 1941 and, after their annulment in 1943, she married Ray Brown on December 10, 1947.

Associated With

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H.W. Bush in 1992.


Ella Fitzgerald Highlights
Ella Fitzgerald Highlights