LISTEN to the LADY:
- GAS Audio Edition
- The GAS Audio EditionELLA, Part 1
Also available as downloadable RealAudio. (888 K)
In the premiere issue of GAS Audio Edition, Host Marty Lucas interviews Will Friedwald about the beginnings of Ella Fitzgerald's career in Harlem, and her first hit record, "A Tisket, A Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra. Musical Selections include: "A Tisket, A Tasket" (Ella Fitzgerald-Van Alexander) Chick Webb and His Orchestra (excerpt), recorded May 2, 1938, Decca Master Number 63693/first issued on Decca 1840.
- The GAS Audio EditionELLA, Part 2
Also available as downloadable RealAudio. (1002 K)
In part two of this GAS Audio Edition interview, Will Friedwald talks about the role of radio in the early careers of Ella Fitzgerald and her contemporaries, and the dearth of regularly scheduled programs featuring African-American artists from the 1930's and 40's. Ella Fitzgerald's amazing skills as a scat singer are featured in an extended excerpt from the standard, "How High the Moon". Musical Selections include: "How High the Moon" (excerpt)(Morgan Lewis-Nancy Hamilton) Leonard Graham, trumpet; Ray Brown, bass. Others unknown. Recorded December 20, 1947. 744324/De 24387.
- The GAS Audio EditionELLA, Part 3
Also available as downloadable RealAudio. (777 K)
Ella Fitzgerald's years with Verve records (1955-1966) are the subject of part 3 of this GAS Audio Edition interview with author Will Friedwald. The Verve years were the peak of Ella Fitzgerald's career both artistically and in terms of commercial success. Musical Selection: "Our Love is Here to Stay" (excerpt)(George and Ira Gershwin) Oscar Peterson, piano; Herb Ellis, guitar; Ray Brown, bass; Louis Armstrong, trumpet; Louis Bellson, drums. Recorded August 16, 1956, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles. Original lp issue "Ella and Louis", Verve Records, Verve MGV 4003-2; available on CD: 825 373-2.
- The GAS Audio EditionELLA, Part 4
Also available as downloadable RealAudio. (813 K)
In the final segment of this GAS Audio Edition interview with author Will Friedwald, we learn a little about the personal life of the late Ella Fitzgerald, and host Marty Lucas asks about the present and future influence of the First Lady of Song. Musical Selection: "Angel Eyes" (Matt Dennis-Earl K. Brent) Sy Oliver, arranger and conductor, with his orchestra. Recorded June 26, 1952. Decca 83012/De 28707.
- A Sound Sampler
- A-Tisket, A-Tasket.wav file; 186 K
Ella's first hit record, with Chick Webb and His Orchestra, recorded May 2, 1938 for Decca when Ella was 20.
- Flying Home.wav file; 186 K
This audio clip features an outstanding scat performance by Ella Fitzgerald. Vic Schoen and his Orchestra. Recorded October 4, 1945 (Decca).
- April in Paris.wav file; 496 K
From the Verve "Ella and Louis" LP, recorded in Capitol Studios, L.A. on August 16, 1956. With Louis Armstrong, Buddy Rich on drums and the Oscar Peterson Trio.
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- Links to other Ella sounds:
- Vol. 24-Verve Jazz MastersPGD/Verve 21851
Sample Tracks include: I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm; Moonlight In Vermont; April In Paris.
- Ella & BasiePGD/Verve 21576
Sample Tracks include: Honeysuckle Rose; Tea For Two; Satin Doll.
- Ella & FriendsUni/Decca 663
Sample Tracks include: The Frim Fram Sauce; Dream A Little Dream; Can Anyone Explain?; Would You Like To Take A Walk?; Who Walks In When I Walk Out?; Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall; I'm Making Believe; I'm Beginning To See The Light; I Still Feel The Same Without You; Petootie; Baby, It's Cold Outside; Don't Cry, Cry Baby; Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own; I'll Never Be Free; It's Only A Paper Moon; (Gonna) Cry You Out Of My Heart; (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons; It's A Pity To Say Goodnight; Fairy Tales; I Gotta Have My Baby Back.
- Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You A Swinging ChristmasPGD/Verve 27150
Sample Tracks include: Jingle Bells; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; What Are You Doing New Years Eve?; Sleigh Ride; The Christmas Song; Good Morning Blues; Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!; Winter Wonderland; Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer; Frosty The Snowman; White Christmas.
- Best of Ella FitzgeraldUni/Decca 659
Sample Tracks include: A-Tisket, A-Tasket; Undecided; Stairway To The Stars; Five O' Clock Whistle; Cow Cow Boogie; Flying Home; Stone Cold Dead In The Market; You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart; I'm Just A Lucky So And So, I Didn't Mean A Word I Said; Oh, Lady Be Good; How High The Moon; My Happiness; In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down; Smooth Sailing; Airmail Special; You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini) Pts. 1 & 2; Blue Lou; Lullaby Of Birdland; Hard Hearted Hannah.
- The Best of the SongbooksPGD/Verve 19804
Sample Tracks include: Love is Here to Stay; Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye.
- Early Years: Parts I & IIUni/Decca 654
Sample Tracks include: When I Get Low I Get High; Darktown Strutters' Ball; Everyone's Wrong But Me; Rock It For Me; I'm Just A Jitterbug; F.D.R. Jones; Undecided; Stairway To The Stars; Sugar Blues; Gulf Coast Blues; Cabin In The Sky; I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good).
- Ella FitzgeraldTimeless Treasures 109
Sample Tracks include: How High The Moon; Oh, Lady Be Good!; Body And Soul.
- Ella in Rome: The Birthday ConcertPGD/Verve 35454
Sample Tracks include: These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You); Angel Eyes; That Old Black Magic; Just One Of Those Things; I Loves You, Porgy; It's All Right With Me; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Introduction; When You're Smiling; A Foggy Day; Midnight Sun; The Lady Is A Tramp; Sophisticated Lady; Caravan; Stompin' At The Savoy.
- The Essential: Great SongsPGD/Polygram 3145 17170
Sample Tracks include: Oh, Lady Be Good!; Into Each Life; Mack The Knife.
- Jazz 'round MidnightPGD/Verve 43621
Sample Tracks include: Blue Moon; September Song; 'Round Midnight.
- Oh, Lady Be Good: Best Of The Gershwin SongbookPGD/Verve 29581
Sample Tracks include: Someone To Watch Over Me; Oh, Lady Be Good!, They Can't Take That Away From Me.
- Pure EllaUni/Decca 636
Sample Tracks include: Someone To Watch Over Me; My One And Only; But Not For Me; Looking For A Boy; I've Got A Crush On You; How Long Has This Been Going On; Maybe; Soon; I'm Glad There Is You; What Is There To Say?; People Will Say We're In Love; Please Be Kind; Until The Real Thing Comes Along; Makin' Whoopee; Imagination; Star Dust; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; You Leave Me Breathless; Baby, What Else Can I Do?; Nice Work If You Can Get It.
- Vol. 2-Harold Arlen SongbookPGD/Verve 17528
Sample Tracks include: Come Rain or Come Shine; One for My Baby (And One More for the Road); Din-Dong the Witch Is Dead.
- The War YearsUni/Decca 628
Sample Tracks include: Jim; This Love Of Mine; Somebody Nobody Loves; You Don't Know What Love Is; Make Love To Me; Mama, Come Home; My Heart And I Decided; He's My Guy; Cow Cow Boogie; Time Alone Will Tell; Once Too Often; Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall; I'm Making Believe; And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine; I'm Confessin'; I'm Beginning To See The Light; That's The Way It Is; It's Only A Paper Moon; Cry You Out Of My Heart; A Kiss Goodnight; Benny's Coming Home On Saturday; Flying Home; Stone Cold Dead In The Market; Petootie Pie; You Won't Be Satisfied; The Frim Fram Sauce; I'm Just A Lucky So And So; I Didn't Mean A Word I Said; For Sentimental Reasons; It's A Pity To Say Good Night; Guilty; Sentimental Journey; A Sunday Kind Of Love; That's My Desire; Oh, Lady Be Good!; Don't You Think I Ought To Know; You're Breakin' In A New Heart; I Want To Learn About Love; That Old Feeling; My Baby Likes To Bebop (And I Like To Bebop Too); No Sense; How High The Moon.