Ella Fitzgerald

75th Birthday Celebration

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This attractive two-CD set, released to celebrate Fitzgerald's 75th birthday, is a perfect greatest-hits collection spanning the first half of her very productive career. All 39 songs are winners, highlighted by "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Undecided," "Flying Home," "Lady Be Good," "How High the Moon," "Smooth Sailing," "Airmail Special," "Lullaby of Birdland," and "Hard Hearted Hannah." During the period covered by this package, she developed from a fine big-band pop vocalist into the definitive jazz singer, one who could scat and swing with the best musicians. This set is a perfect introduction to her magic.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:36
2 3:17
3 3:05 Amazon
4 3:16
5 3:07 Amazon
6 2:52 Amazon
7 3:07 Amazon
8 2:34 Amazon
9 2:27
10 2:38
11 2:52
12 2:54 Amazon
13 3:17 Amazon
14 3:05
15 3:13
16 3:15 Amazon
17 3:03
18 2:37 Amazon
19 3:06
20 3:17

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:13 Amazon
2 3:04
3 3:04 Amazon
4 3:00
5 3:12 Amazon
6 2:23
7 2:53
8 5:09
9 3:02 Amazon
10 2:45 Amazon
11 3:08 Amazon
12 2:55 Amazon
13 2:49
14 2:30
15 2:57
16 1:59
17 2:15
18 2:58
19 3:18
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