I love this woman, and I love this quote. Ella Fitzgerald paved the way for so many of today’s great female singers. She could hit a note with absolute perfection, and when she came out the other side of it was just as strong as when she went into it. A quiet woman, Ella had a horrific childhood, abused, abandoned, and even ending up homeless for a while. At 17 she was given her first break and the music began.
Later in her life she founded Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation where the arts are celebrated, and a children’s book program exists called A Book For Me. Yearly 100 nonprofit organizations are provided free books for children.
This was a good person.
I thought I has heard all there was to hear from Ella, and then a few years back NPR spoke about this video. I didn’t believe it, but my son found it for me on the old interweb here, and I often go to it and listen.
Yes, it’s the song you think it is.
From 1969 here is Ella singing Sunshine of Your Love.
She nails it.