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Turning The Tables: Celebrating Eight Women Who Invented American Popular Music

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"Any person that wants to be a singer should know Ella Fitzgerald," Cuban artist Daymé Arocena says. Pablo Dewin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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How Ella Fitzgerald Is Influencing A New Generation Of Latinx Musicians

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Ella Fitzgerald, performing in 1969 at Lucerna Hall. In 1967, she began singing "I Can't Stop Loving You" as a way into the soul world. Miroslav Zajic/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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When you look at Ella Fitzgerald's clothes, fancy by any standard, you realize her delight made them something any of us could wear. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Hear a conversation about the third season of Turning the Tables on Morning Edition

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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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