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October 28, 1992 | BRIDGET BYRNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I know you heard it before, but it works," Dinah Shore said in response to the laughter that greeted her telling of an old joke. It was that sort of an evening: The old jokes still seemed funny, the old melodies still sounded romantic and everyone was happy to admit just how long they'd all known each other. Shore was emcee Friday night as the Society of Singers honored Tony Martin with its third "Ella Lifetime Achievement Award."
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July 1, 2013 | By Don Heckman
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, arranger-composer and music director for stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 91. Smith died of heart failure Saturday at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, publicist Alan Eichler said. At 6 feet 5, with hands that easily spanned the piano keyboard well beyond octaves, Smith was an impressive sight on stage. Playing with a versatility comparable to that of Oscar Peterson and a harmonic richness similar to the work of Bill Evans, he was both a brilliant soloist and an accompanist who was highly praised by the many singers with whom he performed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996
Re "Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz's First Lady of Song, Dies," June 16: Such a beautiful tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. It was 20 years ago and I was at one of her concerts in Holland. A young woman in the audience yelled up at the stage, "We love you, Ella." Ella yelled back, "I love you, too." ANDREW J. BYRNE Alhambra Growing up I was lucky enough to be exposed to the best singer, Ella Fitzgerald. My family knows when Ella is singing to quiet down and just listen to the magic. A few years ago I saw Miss Fitzgerald in a parking lot and, being one of her many fans, I thanked her for making my day just being able to see her. She in turn stopped and said, "Oh no, you have just made my day!"
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April 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Today's Google Doodle celebrates the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, on what would have been her 96th birthday. The stylized doodle puts her in the spotlight on stage leading a quartet. Fitzgerald became the preeminent female jazz singer of her time thanks to her unflagging sense of swing, her skill at scatting and meticulous diction that always allowed lyrics to come through clearly. She recorded with most of the great bandleaders and instrumentalists of her time, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Chick Webb and Mel Torme.
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April 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Today's Google Doodle celebrates the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, on what would have been her 96th birthday. The stylized doodle puts her in the spotlight on stage leading a quartet. Fitzgerald became the preeminent female jazz singer of her time thanks to her unflagging sense of swing, her skill at scatting and meticulous diction that always allowed lyrics to come through clearly. She recorded with most of the great bandleaders and instrumentalists of her time, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Chick Webb and Mel Torme.
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February 2, 1998
"Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song," an exhibition looking at the musical career and life of the legendary singer, opens at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on March 19 for an indefinite run. Articles displayed include costumes, sound recordings, photographs and other memorabilia. The museum, at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Information: (202) 357-2700.
NEWS
July 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald was treated for exhaustion at a hospital today after becoming ill in her hotel, according to the organizer of a festival she was to headline. Fitzgerald, 72, who was here for the North Sea Jazz Festival, was admitted to the Bronovo Hospital on Monday and was in good condition, Dr. Clifford Booker, a physician accompanying her, said.
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September 18, 1987 | From Associated Press
Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, hospitalized for treatment of diabetes complications, was resting comfortably Thursday, sitting up and talking to friends on the telephone, a spokesman said. Fitzgerald, 69, was in fair condition. She has been undergoing tests and treatment since checking into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in August, hospital spokesman Ron Wise said. She had experienced pain and swelling in her right foot due to diabetes, he said.
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February 13, 1990 | From Associated Press
Ella Fitzgerald, honored at a benefit concert for the American Heart Assn., had some surprises in store for herself--and for her audience. She was surprised when Quincy Jones and Oscar Peterson, who hadn't been announced as being part of the concert, showed up and took part. But the Monday night audience got the best surprise when, near the end of four hours, the 71-year-old Fitzgerald, who had been seated in Avery Fisher Hall, was escorted to the stage.
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August 20, 1985 | Associated Press
Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, 67, was released Monday from George Washington University Hospital, where she was treated for a week for a respiratory problem.
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February 18, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Los Angeles muralist Richard Wyatt Jr. set out in 1990 to create a gigantic public artwork paying tribute to nearly a dozen great jazz musicians, he was given only two specific requests. "Nat King Cole's widow [Maria] asked me if I would show him wearing his favorite tie," said Wyatt, 57, as he stood next to his recently restored mural at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood last week. "And Joe Smith, who was president of Capitol at the time, asked me if I'd please include Ella Fitzgerald," he said.
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August 26, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
George David Weiss, a prolific songwriter who co-wrote "Can't Help Falling in Love," "What a Wonderful World," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and many other pop hits, has died. He was 89. Weiss, a former longtime president of the Songwriters Guild of America, died Monday of natural causes at his home in Oldwick, N.J., the Associated Press reported. During his heyday in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, Weiss co-wrote songs that were recorded by singers such as Frank Sinatra ("Oh! What It Seemed to Be")
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March 31, 2010 | By Keith Thursby
Herb Ellis, a jazz guitarist perhaps best known for his work with the influential Oscar Peterson Trio, has died. He was 88. Ellis, who had Alzheimer's disease, died Sunday morning at his home in Los Angeles, said his son, Mitch. During his long and varied career, Ellis played with Jimmy Dorsey and Ella Fitzgerald. He also worked as a studio musician and played in the bands of several television shows, including Steve Allen's and Merv Griffin's. "There have been changes in jazz and new styles come along.
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February 8, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Sir John Dankworth, the British jazz composer, saxophonist and bandleader and husband of jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine, has died. He was 82. Dankworth died Saturday at a London hospital after a long illness, the Associated Press reported. Laine announced Dankworth's death before the finale of an anniversary concert at the Stables, the theater they founded together. Monica Ferguson, the theater's chief executive, said Sunday that Laine had told the artists before the concert, " 'I'll go on and I'll have a lump in my throat, and I might crack.
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January 15, 2010 | By Don Heckman
Jazz drummer Ed Thigpen, who often was described as "Mr. Taste" for his sensitive accompaniment of instrumentalists and singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Billy Taylor, died Wednesday at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen. He was 79. Thigpen, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, was hospitalized before Christmas with heart and lung problems. His son, Michel, noted on Thigpen's website that his father "passed away very peacefully . . . in the company of his friends and family."
TRAVEL
December 6, 2009 | By Christopher Reynolds reporting from palm springs >>>
1959 Dwight Eisenhower, on holiday from the White House, whips a golf club beneath a blue October sky. Frank Sinatra, driven indoors by a surprise December rainstorm, schmoozes with Peter Lawford and sings with Ella Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, other rich and famous folk are partying at the Chi Chi Club or pulling up their Cadillac coupes (nice tailfins!) in front of the Riviera, that vast new mod hotel. All over the Coachella Valley, architects and builders are seducing tourists with butterfly roof lines, space-age appliances, minimalist graphics and backlit starbursts.
NEWS
July 30, 1986 | United Press International
Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was out of bed and walking and may be released within a day from Niagara Falls Medical Center after suffering congestive heart failure, hospital officials said Tuesday. Fitzgerald, 68, was hospitalized Sunday when she became ill after a performance in nearby Lewiston.
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May 29, 1990 | Associated Press
Ella Fitzgerald today was given France's top award for excellence in the arts. The jazz singing great was named Commander of Arts and Letters. Culture Minister Jack Lang presented her with a bronze medal attached to a green and white striped ribbon that he placed around her neck. "I only hope I will continue to make people happy," said Fitzgerald, 72, scheduled to give a concert in Paris on Wednesday.
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August 30, 2009
Good piece about Willie Nelson but a reminder: Ray Charles also had to have some guts in the '50s when he covered "Georgia on My Mind," which had been a big hit 25 years earlier for its composer Hoagy Carmichael, who was no slouch at singing, piano playing and songwriting. The song also had been recorded beautifully in 1931 by Mildred Bailey, including the song's interesting verse. Way too many folks have forgotten Bailey, who was a really solid jazz singer who exerted a tremendous influence on Ella Fitzgerald and also influenced Billie Holiday and Rosemary Clooney.
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