Ella Jane Fitzgerald, was a legendary American jazz singer, born 25 April 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. She was often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. Fitzgerald found musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across America. It was her 1938 version of nursery rhyme A-Tisket, ATasket, a song she co-wrote, that brought her wide public acclaim. She recorded nearly 150 songs with Webb’s orchestra between 1935 and 1942 and then started a solo career. Her 1945 record ‘Flying Home’, was described by the New York Times as one of the most influential vocal jazz records of the decade. Fitzgerald also took to the screen appearing in films such as Pete Kelly’s Blues and St Louis Blues. In later years she suffered ill health and sadly died in 1996 at the age of 79.