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3. Ella Fitzgerland (1940)

In 1935, Ella Fitzgerland was singing with Chick Webb’s Orchestra, but in 1939 Chick Webb passed away and Ella became the bandleader — changing the name to Ella and Her Famous Orchestra. In March of 1940, Ella and Her Famous Orchestra took the stage at the Roseland Ballroom and broadcasted the performance. She sang such classics as, “Sugar Blues”, “Got Rhythm” and “Make Believe”. These recordings were later compiled into a live album titled, Live from the Roseland Ballroom. These recordings have gone down as classic moments in music history, and of course there is no denying the style and grace of the legendary voice of Ella Fitzgerald.

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