Ella Fitzgerald(singer; born April 25, 1917, Newport News, Virginia; died June 15, 1996)
Considered the first woman of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald continuously extended the boundaries of American popular music throughout her career. Her voice posessed eternal youth and still transcends time, never going out of style.
Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia, on April 25, 1917, but moved to the New York suburb of Yonkers with her mother and stepfather. She never knew her real father.
Her formal music education included piano lessons, when her family could afford them, and a high school course.