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

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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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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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Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket. Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress via Flickr, iStock. 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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Ella Fitzgerald had not one sad edge to her voice. She always had listeners smiling by the second note. George Konig/Hulton Archive hide caption

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