This morning Google has dedicated a doodle on its homepage to remember the ‘Queen of Jazz’, Ella Fitzgerald, on her 96th birthday. The doodle depicts Fitzgerald performing on a stage in her trademark style. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card
Fitzgerald was born on 25 April 1917 in Newport News, Virginia and from an early age loved listening to jazz. She would listen to jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and The Boswell Sisters and idolized the band’s lead singer, Connee Boswell. This love for jazz led her to audition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for its ‘Amateur Nights’ and she finally made her singing debut on November 21, 1934 at the age of 17. Also Read - Google celebrates Hollywood actor, singer and dancer Shirley Temple with animated Doodle
In a career that would span six decades, Ella recorded more than 200 albums, selling 40 million copies and would go on to win 13 Grammy awards. She would also record songs with legends like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong and is best known for her collaborations with songwriters Ellington, Cole Porter and the Gershwins.
Fitzgerald had by then become a household name in the US and was invited to make guest appearances on US TV shows like the Bing Crosby Show, the Frank Sinatra Show, the Ed Sullivan Show, the Tonight Show, the Nat King Cole Show, the Andy Williams Show and the Dean Martin Show among others.
In 1987, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the then US President Ronald Reagan and performed her last concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1991. Post her last concert she was hospitalized a couple of times and on June 15, 1966, passed away at the age of 79.