Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella). She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common - they all loved her.

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The AllMusic review of the album claimed "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both... Pops sounds like he really savored each duet, and his trumpet work – not a whole lot of it, because this is not a trumpeter's opera – is characteristically good as gold. This marvelous album stands quite well on its own, but will sound best when matched with the Ray Charles/Cleo Laine version, especially the songs of the Crab Man, of Peter the Honey Man, and his wife, Lily the Strawberry Woman." [3]

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The album is notable as Fitzgerald's only songbook to concentrate on the work of a lyricist. Riddle's lush arrangements interact most beautifully with Fitzgerald on ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Skylark". Fitzgerald's impeccable swing is most evident on "Something's Gotta Give" and "Too Marvelous for Words".

Ella ▲ is alike in pronunciation to Aila , Aili , Alah , Alaia ▲ , Alea , Aley , Aliah ▲ , Aloe , Ayala , Ayla ▲ , Eilah , Eiley , Elia , Elois , Eula ▼ , Eulah , Ila ▼ , Illia , Ola ▼ , Olia , Olla , Willa ▲ , Willy , Yula and Yulia . Other recommended sound-alike names are Arla , Cala , Dola , Eda ▼ , Edra , Efua , Eilat , Elba , Elda ▼ , Elga , Elida , Elina , Eliz , Eliza ▲ , Elka , Ellba , Ellga , Ellke , Ellma , Ellsi , Ellyza , Elma ▼ , Elssa , Elvia , Elysa , Elza , Ema , Enya , Erla , Erma ▼ , Esta ▼ , Etna , Euna , Galla , Hella , Isla ▲ , Jola , Kyla , Lala , Lalla , Lolla , Nela , Nella , Nila , Nola , Nula , Pella , Rilla ▼ , Vala and Zilla . These names tend to be less commonly used than Ella.


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