By John Mitchell
Updated April 25, 2013 at 02:14 PM EDT
Google Doodle

On what would have been her 96th birthday, Google is honoring jazz great Ella Fitzgerald with a doodle on its homepage.

The singer, born April 25, 1917, made her singing debut on stage at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, when she was 17 years old. Over the course of a six-decade career, the “First Lady of Song,” as she was widely called, sold more than 40 million albums, won 13 Grammy Awards, and collaborated with the equally legendary likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan awarded Fitzgerald the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor conferred on behalf of the United States to an artist.

Fitzgerald died on June 15, 1996 at the age of 79.

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