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Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ella Fitzgerald

(1917-1996)

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
1. Ella Fitzgerald Marker
Inscription.  Born here in Newport News 25 Apr. 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, known as Lady Ella or the First Lady of Song, was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Her three-octave vocal range and improvisational ability in scat singing won her recognition worldwide. Fitzgerald’s first hit, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” was recorded in 1938. She later recorded eight critically acclaimed “Songbook” albums, her most commercially successful work. The winner of 13 Grammys and a recipient of the National Medal of Art and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other honors, Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, 15 June 1996.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 70-a.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentWomen. In addition, it is included in the Grammy Award Winners, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists.
 
Location. 36° 58.981′ 
Ella Fitzgerald Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
2. Ella Fitzgerald Marker
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N, 76° 25.135′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on 26th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 26th Street, Newport News VA 23607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James A. Fields House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named James A. Fields House (about 700 feet away); Gregory Cherry (about 700 feet away); Crusader for Legal Justice (about 700 feet away); Newport News Pays Tribute (about 700 feet away); Memorial Design & Concept (approx. 0.2 miles away); King Comes to Newport News (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jessie Menifield Rattley (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
 
Also see . . .  Ella Fitzgerald - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 30, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 578 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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