Todd's Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics Page

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Ella Fitzgerald is an important part of my music collection.  I started with The Songbooks.  A little frightening at first, as it was the single most expensive purchase of music I ever made.  It's a 16 CD set that covers representative songs from some great american songwriters:

The whole thing is packaged very much like the original Vinyl LP version, except extra tracks have been added (mostly outtakes and flubs, but still very interesting).  The accompanying documentation is very illuminating.  If your knowledge of Ella's talent is limited to scat and be-bop, (as mine was) you'll find this set a shock; she's dynamite as a "straight" singer of these standards. If you'd like to learn more about Ella's life and career, try Tania's Ella Fitzgerald page.

I later added Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - The Complete Verve Recordings. A very interesting pairing of styles and voices, this set includes excerpts from Porgy and Bess.

With the addition of Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!, Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas, Ella In London, Mack The Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin, and Take Love Easy, my Ella collection has swelled to 300+ tracks.  I collect lyrics and file them away in my database.  Many of the standards I have found on the internet, but many eluded me.  There were about 85 that didn't seem to be out there anywhere.  I decided that I would do it the old fashioned way and transcribe them.  I'm making slow progress, but I'll share what I have.  As an experiment, you can snag all the files on this page (updated 10/14/00) in zip format. You can also get a nice Adobe PDF version of all the lyrics. Thanks to Marc for the PDF.

Vital Debroey (of Vital's Blues Lyrics On Line) contributed about 25 Ella lyrics for recordings that I don't have; they've been incorporated here as well.

One more thing: you'll find "the" under "t", because that's the way I structured the database.

I've added a link to Johnny O's transcription of Frim Fram Sauce, as I get requests for it all the time, even though I don't have a recording of it. The transcription showed up in the newsgroup.

I've linked all the songs here.  If a song is missing the lyric, there's an asterisk ("*") next to the link, and I'm either looking for it or it's on my "to do" list to transcribe.  There's still a text file on this site that describes attributes of the song, even if I'm missing the lyric.

    Ella Fitzgerald: Essential Ella  Performed by Ella Fitzgerald. For voice and piano. Format: piano/vocal/chords songbook. With vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics and chord names. Standards and Jazz. 88 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers.
    In Session With The Jazz Masters Ella Fitzgerald Book And Cd  Performed by Ella Fitzgerald. Edited by Carolcuellar / Richard Martin. Songbook (Piano/Vocal/Chords. Arrangements for piano and voice with guitar chords). 72 pages. Published by Warner Brothers.
      A-Tisket, A-Tasket (6-PACK)  By Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald. Arranged by David J. Elliott. (SSA). Boosey and Hawkes Secular Choral. Size 6.8x10.5 inches. 10 pages. Published by Boosey & Hawkes. 6-PACK includes six original copies of this piece.
      Ella Fitzgerald - The Best of the Song Books  Smart PianoSoft. Performed by Ella Fitzgerald. Pianosoft Sync (this is NOT sheet music). Floppy disk. Published by Yamaha.
    Ella Fitzgerald - Original Keys for Singers  Performed by Ella Fitzgerald. Piano/Vocal/Chords Songbook (Arrangements for piano and voice with guitar chords). Size 9x12 inches. 152 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
      A-Tisket, A-Tasket  Set of Parts. By Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald. Arranged by David J. Elliott. (Parts). Boosey and Hawkes Secular Choral. Size 9x12 inches. Published by Boosey & Hawkes.

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