New Delhi: Google on Thursday commemorated ‘Queen of Jazz’ Ella Fitzgerald on her 96th birthday with a doodle. Google’s homepage greeted the visitors with a doodle of the Jazz singer performing on stage, with the word ‘Google’ in the background.

Remembered as "Queen of Jazz", "The First Lady of Song" and "Lady Ella", Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. The star was recognized for her vocal improvisation and scat singing. Ella made her singing debut at 17 on November 21, 1934.

Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she won 13 Grammy Award and sold over 40 million albums. In 1987, the then US president Ronald Reagan awarded her the national medal of arts.
Fitzgerald was also a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook.  She was noted for her fine tone, flawless speech, accent and phrasing.

In 1938, at the age of 21, Ella recorded a playful version of the nursery rhyme, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." During the next three decades, Fitzgerald dominated American jazz and was particularly renowned for her vocal improvisation and scat singing.

Fitzgerald, who died at the age of 78 at her home in Beverly Hills, California, gave her final concert at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1991.


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