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Ella Fitzgerald - Biography, Collaborations with other Jazz artists, Film and television appearances, Personal life, Tribute albums, Tribute statue


Singer, born in Newport News, Virginia, USA. Discovered in 1934 singing in an amateur contest in Harlem, she joined Chick Webb's band and recorded several hits, notably ‘A-tisket A-tasket’ (1938). Her lucid intonation and broad range made her a top jazz singer. Her series of recordings for Verve (1955–9) in multi-volume ‘songbooks’ are among the treasures of American popular song. After 1971 her concert schedule was occasionally interrupted because of diabetes, and she had both legs amputated in 1994.

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over 9 years ago

I am looking for the exact date of a concert Ms. Fitzgerald did at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington DC, in the spring or summer of 1963.

I was lucky enough to see that concert backstage, and also to meet Ms. Fitzgerald. Now I am trying to get the exact date of the concert.

Any help would be appreciated.