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20th century American music

Fitzgerald, Ella

  • LC83021406
  • Person
  • 1917-04-25 - 1996-06-15

American National Biography Online, accessed December 23, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: |b (Fitzgerald, Ella; jazz singer; Ella Jane Fitzgerald; born 25 April 1917 in Newport News, Virginia, United States; sent to segregated New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson (1934); Chick Webb, was persuaded to give her a try in his band (1935); was among the very first African-American women invited to join American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) (1940); began a long association with Decca Records’ Milt Gabler (1943); joined producer Norman Granz’s newly formed organization Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) (1949); her best recordings fall mainly in the decade between 1956 and 1966; produced exceptional live albums such as Ella Fitzgerald at the Opera House (1957) and Ella in Rome (1958); was generous contributor to charities, notably to the organization in Los Angeles named in her honor, the Ella Fitzgerald Child Care Center; died 15 June 1996 in Beverly Hills, California, United States)

Grant, Gogi

  • LC90013760
  • Person
  • 1924-09-20 - 2016-03-10

Gogi Grant (September 20, 1924 – March 10, 2016) was born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Grant sang as a child, but did not consider a career as a singer until she won an amateur singing contest at the age of 28. Her 1956 recording of “The Wayward Wind” rose to number one on the charts and remained there for a then-record of eight weeks. Billboard magazine voted her the most popular female vocalist during this period.

Martino, Al

  • Person
  • 1927-2009

Al Martino was born Jasper Cini in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a singer know for ballads such as “Here in my heart” and “Spanish Eyes.” He achieved further acclaim for his role as Johnny Fontane in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.”