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​Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was born in Newport News, Virginia. She was an American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella". She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, timing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Her accolades included fourteen Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.