Today Meridian and Cafe Jazz celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday with clips from her career.
Here are some things you might not know:
Ella was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. W. Bush and the National Metal of Art by President Ronald Reagan.
Ella Fitzgerald won the first Grammy Award ever to be given to a black female.
Jazz singers Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin and Ann Hampton Callaway have all made Ella Fitzgerald tribute albums.
Hal B. Wallis reportedly considered casting Ella Fitzgerald as the piano-playing character Sam in Casablanca, changing the role from a man to a woman specifically for Ella. Instead, Dooley Wilson was cast.
Read more on the First Lady of Jazz at her official website and listen for more today on WKMS.