Ella Fitzgerald Net Worth
Ella Fitzgerald net worth: Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer who had a net worth of $10 million dollars. Born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917, Fitzgerald is well known for her vocal range which spanned three octaves, allowing her to be often be referred to as the "Queen of Jazz" and the "First Lady of Song." She specialized in swing, bebop, pop, and jazz and was affiliated with record labels such as Capitol, Decca, Pablo, reprise, and Verve. She became a professional jazz singer in 1934 and was popular for her unique vocal timbre, described as pure and "horn-like." Through the span of her musical career, Fitzgerald earned fourteen Grammy Awards, sold over 40 millions copies of over seventy albums, and received the National Medal of Arts Award as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She debuted at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York on November 21, 1934 where she performed Connee Boswell's "Judy" and "The Object of My Affection." She was awarded the first prize of twenty-five dollars. She later performed at the Harlem Opera House with Tiny Bradshaw where she met Chick Webb. Fitzgerald began singing with Webb's band, and after Webb's death on one 16, 1939, the band was renamed Ella and Her Famous Orchestra. The band broke up in 1942 after having recorded over 150 songs with Fitzgerald. She later signed to Decca Records and began experimenting with scat style vocals throughout the 1940s. She eventually signed to Verve Records in the 1950s and got involved with The Cole Porter Songbook, which resulted in a series of eight songbooks. Fitzgerald was also a working actress and played the part of Maggie Jackson in Jack Webb's Pete Kelly's Blues, followed by an appearance in St. Louis Blues in 1958, Let No Man Write My Epitaph in 1960, and a 1980s television drama called The White Shadow. She also did several commercials for Memorex, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and American Express. Fitzgerald suffered from congestive heart failure in 1986 and had to have both legs amputated in 1993 as a result of diabetes. She died at the age of 79 on June 15, 1996 at her home in Beverly Hills, California.