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Ella Fitzgerald


  • Ella's recording of The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" was one of George Martin's favorite recordings he produced.
  • Ella was a charter inductee of the "Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame" in 1978.
  • Ella made a cameo appearance in the 1980's television drama The White Shadow:
  • Ella starred in several television commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  • Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Ella had both her legs amputated in 1993.
  • Jazz singers Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin and Ann Hampton Callaway have all made Ella Fitzgerald tribute albums.
  • There is a statue of Ella in the Amtrak/Metro-North Railroad station in Yonkers.
  • Ella was awarded the `Presidential Medal of Freedom` by President George H. W. Bush.
  • Ella is entombed at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California - Sunset Memorial Garden Mausoleum, Second Floor, Sanctuary of the Bells, Crypt 1063.
  • Ella had a heart attack in August 1986, followed by a 5 way bypass operation.
  • Ella was awarded the `National Medal of Art` by President Ronald Regan.
  • Ella made her singing debut at age 17 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
  • Her adopted son, Ray Brown Jr., was in fact her nephew.
  • Ella was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1995.

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