Ella Scatted Her Way to the Top of the World
The early 1900's was a violent and horrible time to look back at. Americans have came a long way since then. America couldn't have gone through a more rough time. From racism and discrimination to the Great Depression. At the time African Americans were looked down upon by some people of different races. Hate crimes were common as well as discrimination in restaurants and other public places. A common quote from the time was “Separate but equal”, which was not at all true. There were many people that worked to end the racism and hate amongst some Americans. One of these many people that was able to change the way blacks were looked at by some was Ella Fitzgerald, the popular Jazz singer born in 1918. Ella was able to change the way blacks were treated and looked at by her beautiful voice and positive outlook on everything life had to offer her. From performing in places people of her time would never have imagined to getting an award from President Ronald Reagan himself, The Queen of Jazz did it all. Ella Fitzgerald changed the face of African American outlook through singing multiple genres, having fans of all races, and accomplishing many goals that blacks were never expected to accomplish.
One of the first ways she changed the outlook on African American music was by singing different genres. She brought life and soul to every song she even muttered. This all began when she was dared to do a contest around age 16. That's when everyone knew she was going far and the world was going to know her name. She was one of the first female Jazz singers (David Norman). She sang a numerous amount of genres, although she's mainly remembered for jazz. Fitzgerald also performed scat, pop, and even opera (Judith S. Baughman). Fitzgerald was even able to help bring bebop into a
new style of singing. She was able to show that being open to change can help get farther in life. Fitzgerald performed with the Philharmonic and was introduced into a world of opportunity (The first lady of song).
At one point in time Fitzgerald went through a hard ship. When her mentor and manager, Chick Webb died she went through a grieving point. She then married. Once she found out about her husbands past Fitzgerald stopped the marriage abruptly. She then began to spend more time with her son, and later on her grand daughter (The first lady of song). Even at this time she was able to stay strong and continue to please her fans and do what she loved. She was proof that hard times can be beat.
Fitzgerald also changed the world by having fans of all races support her. Fitzgerald made numerous appearances on television, whether it was for a performance or for an interview. People all around the world supported the Queen of Jazz, and not everyone is the same race. She sold over 22 million records at the beginning of her career (John Meyers).
Fitzgerald also brought people together. She would...