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Ella Fitzgerald, "The First Lady of Song," was born Ella Jane Fitzgerald on April 25, 1917. Ella "was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning three octaves, (Ella) was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a `horn-like' improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 59-year recording career, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush." Ella died on June 15, 1996.

With these songs here as MP3 files for download you can choose between downloading them all, getting just the ones you want or you can opt to purchase the CD!

On these tracks Ella sings just some of her best holiday music; and there's not a bad song in the lot. Her voice was truly a musical instrument; and I have always been impressed by her sense of timing, her sophisticated phrasing and her excellent diction whenever she sang. "Joy to the World" is beautiful to hear; Ella has a background chorus although she never really needed one--her talent carried her through every time. "The First Noel" charms me with its beauty; and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" gets a slightly faster tempo than I'm used to hearing but it all holds its own very well. "O Holy Night" is very pretty and I also really like Ella's superlative rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" is also very well done and as always throughout this set of songs the musical arrangement fits in perfectly with Ella's vocals. "O Come All Ye Faithful" is very beautiful and Ella performs "Away in a Manger" with great sensitivity. "We Three Kings" is a number I've heard less frequently but it's lovely nonetheless and the track set ends with Ella Fitzgerald singing "Silent Night."

Ella Fitzgerald's treatment of these wonderful holiday songs makes this a must-have for anyone who appreciates five star, quality Christmastime music. Highly recommended.
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on February 3, 2013
This is mostly early Ella and some of it does not yet show her distinctive style. But, any Ella is better than most any other fella. (except Frankie)
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on December 21, 2012
i love anything Ella! And I love Christmas! The two together really lifts my spirits. A great addition to any
Christmas music collection.
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on December 28, 2012
Anything Ella did was outstanding. This no exception. Her voice is strong and as usual she is able to add emotion to the performances.
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on August 29, 2014
Great Xmas songs beautifully singed. The only bad thing if this CD is that is veryyyy short. Tracks are in between1-2mins longs.
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on January 18, 2013
Better than a holiday card. A keeper, too! I sent it to four people who, each and every one, played it over and over again.
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on December 8, 2012
The only drawback about this album is tht it was too short. It contained only 10 songs. She is always flawless.
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on January 4, 2013
Great mood setter. It made getting ready for the holidays fun. I loved having it on when company came over.
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on December 19, 2012
Bought this on a whim, so happy I did! Her smooth sound is a classic. The songs are purely Christmas.
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on March 4, 2016
Purchased as a gift for my daughter who had this album when she was younger. Perfect!
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