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Ella Fitzgerald: The Legendary First Lady of Song

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Ella Fitzgerald: The Legendary First Lady of Song dutifully chronicles Ella’s rise from girl singer to musical icon using the standard tools: voice-overs, vintage photos, and talking heads. And like its subject, it hits all the high notes. Curiously, only singer Al Jarreau comments on the purity of Ella’s vocal instrument; the others see her gifts as a reflection of her sweet personality. ”Her shyness is a measure of her greatness,” says Dizzy Gillespie. Unfortunately, we get only fleeting (though mesmerizing) glimpses of the First Lady of Song actually singing.
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