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Ella Fitzgerald singing at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1963. Ronald Dumont/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering Ella Fitzgerald, Who Made Great Songs Greater

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Music was always her refuge, but Ella Fitzgerald never thought she would be a singer until she won an Amateur Night contest at the Apollo Theater in 1934. The Rudy Calvo Collection Cache Agency hide caption

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Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy

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All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a road trip to find the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they stop at the Silent Night Motel, where they meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter, and more. Michael Huey/Mastery Of Maps hide caption

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Bob And Robin's Excellent Holiday Adventure

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Ella Fitzgerald sings with bandleader Chick Webb in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1938. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

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In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation. Carol Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Frank Sinatra's "The Coffee Song" makes light of a perceived Brazilian coffee glut. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers

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Ella Fitzgerald, circa 1973. Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Ella Fitzgerald, 'First Lady Of Song'

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Ella Fitzgerald: 'Wishes You a Swinging Christmas'

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Ella Fitzgerald: 'Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie'

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Don Byron released Love, Peace, and Soul with his New Gospel Quintet on Feb. 21. Till Krautkraemer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gospel Meets Jazz, With Unpredictable Results

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Gene Kelly's iconic performance in Singin' in the Rain was informed by the rhythms of jazz. MGM Studios/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Cole Porter contributed many songs to the Great American Songbook, including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." Sasha/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Ella Fitzgerald performs with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in 1947. That's Gillespie to her right, in complete awe. William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr hide caption

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The Music Of 'Ella!' On JazzSet

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