Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “First Lady of Song” and “Lady Ella”, captured audiences everywhere with her astonishing vocal range, scat singing, and improvisational ability. With a career that produced 13 Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million albums, she is considered to have been one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. In 1986, Ella was diagnosed with diabetes. Complication from the disease took both of her legs and then her life on June 15, 1996. Read more about her life at DLife.com.
Listen to one of my favorites from Ella below.