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Ella Fitzgerald
American jazz and song vocalist

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"I sing like I feel."
-- Ella Fitzgerald

"A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall."
-- Ella Fitzgerald

"I stole everything that I heard, but mostly I stole from the horns."
-- Ella Fitzgerald

"Listen to her voice, don't look at her."
-- Chick Webb on Ella Fitzgerald

"Ella knows her way around her voice as very few people today. But there are times when she seems to be unaware there are things the human voice just doesn't do. She does them."
-- Dom Cerulli on Ella Fitzgerald

"The one radio voice that I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, and I'd sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words."
-- American actress and singer Doris Day on Ella Fitzgerald

"She has been more famous, over a longer time span, than any other female singer."
-- Jazz critic Leonard Feather on Ella Fitzgerald

"Whatever she does to my songs, she always makes them sound better."
-- Songwriter Richard Rodgers on Ella Fitzgerald

" She is amazingly creative, bringing so much more to a song than just a singer. She is a first-class musician and the most gracious person in the world."
-- American American pianist, composer and arranger Marty Paich on Ella Fitzgerald

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