Tag: Ella Fitzgerald

Lullaby of Birdland

Lullaby of Birdland by Ella Fitzgerald, 1954
Song of the Week #010

Originally recorded in 1952, with music by George Shearing and lyrics by George David Weiss, this song refers to Charlie "Bird" Parker and the Birdland jazz club that was named after him. The song has become a Jazz standard.

A lovely smooth medium tempo jazz track, this is great for dancing too when you want to take it easy and just enjoy the moment.

Recorded by many artists (including Amy Winehouse), this version was recorded by the inimitable Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996) in 1954.

Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey

Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey by Ella Fitzgerald, 1962
Song of the Week #009

Originally titled as "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" this popular song published in 1902 is commonly referred to as just simply "Bill Bailey". Its words and music were written by Hughie Cannon (1877–1912), an American songwriter and pianist. It is still a standard with dixieland and traditional jazz bands.

This version was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald (1917–1996),  an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

Lindy Hoppers Delight

Lindy Hoppers Delight by Ella Fitzgerald, 1939
Song of the Week #006

This is a song that every swing dancer should know!! Used many times over for performances, this is still a great tune just to dance too.

Composed by William Henry "Chick" Webb, an American jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader. He died on June 16, 1939 (aged 34) and never got to record this song. Instead it was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald a few months afterwards, who led his bad until 1942.

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