Surviving a troubled childhood Ella Fitzgerald was discovered after winning an amateur contest at the famed Apollo Theater. She became the first African American woman to win a Grammy in 1958. Throughout her career she went on to win a total of 13 Grammy Awards, selling over 40 million albums. Ella Fitzgerald’s signature technique of “scatting” helped popularize the term for imitating instrumental sounds. During the height of her career in the 1950’s and 1960’s she earned the moniker “First Lady of Song.” For over 50 years she was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States.
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”