Lacey (lacey) wrote in lady_of_jazz,

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Oh Ella.

Hi all! I'm Lacey, and I love Ella :) I first learned of her talent in... probably June? I'm not sure exactly. I was given a Jazz compilation, and there were two of her songs on it, the 1960 Berlin performance of "Mack the Knife," and "Summertime" with Louis Armstrong.

I'm trying to acquire more albums as I go... i'll have to have most all of them, by the time it's over.

I don't even know that I can name a favorite song. I have several favorites. The ones I can think of off the top of my head are:

Mack the Knife (Berlin, 1960)
Got to Get You Into My Life (Ella tries on the Motown sound for size... with a Beatles song. haha)
Drop Me Off in Harlem
I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues
Puttin' on the Ritz
'T'ain't Nobody's Business if I Do (A 1986 performance I found on YouTube. 69 years old, and she tears that song UP, and she's wearing this cute little tuxedo too :) )
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Take the A Train
A 1980 duet I found on YouTube of her, Sarah Vaughan, and Pearl Bailey
A 1980 duet I found on YouTube between her and Karen Carpenter (sounds crazy, I know!)
A 1960 duet I found on YouTube between her and Dinah Shore

and many many others, lol. If I were stranded on a desert island, i'd want "Mack the Knife," "Got to Get You Into My Life," "'T'Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," and the Dinah Shore duet to wash up on shore with me. But i'd miss her other songs, lol.

I don't know how often ya'll look, but next time you go on YouTube, search for Ella. There's a treasure trove of performance material on there. It's great stuff. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment from hearing the master in action, and it's great to see her too :)

Well, this community seems a little dead at the moment, but i'd love to have the opportunity to discuss everyone's favorite Ella songs... there are so many, there's enough for everyone :)

Oh, and I forgot to mention how one of the reasons I love her so much is that as she got older, and her voice started declining, she seemed to almost get better... and she would try so many things! She did a Motown album once, and I think I read somewhere she did an entire album in Portuguese. I read in a biography of hers that one of the times she was in the hospital, she learned Portuguese. I thought that was interesting. Also, I read here: that there's gonna' be an Ella Postage stamp coming out in late January. If you go to that link, you can see what the stamp looks like. I know i'll be trying to buy some.
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