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The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

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Ella Fitzgerald recorded more than 200 albums in her lifetime.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

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Listen to WRTI's Susan Lewis talk with Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Phyllis Chapell about Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

http://youtu.be/u2bigf337aU

As senior producer of arts and culture, Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and producer of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series, to which she also contributes weekly intermission interviews. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.