Ella Fitzgerald

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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
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Winter Wonderland
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
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Good Morning Blues
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White Christmas
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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
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Silent Night
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The Christmas Song
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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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Sleigh Ride
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The Secret Of Christmas
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Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan - Baby, It's Cold Outside
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Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Doggett - Hallelujah
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Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald - Baby, It's Cold Outside
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Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald - Christmas In New Orleans
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Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald - Bing Crosby - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (John Beltran Remix)
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Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
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Ella Fitzgerald, Rod Stewart - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
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Ella, The Queen Of Christmas

Factfile - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Ella Fitzgerald recorded 2 Christmas Albums: Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960) was almost entirely secular whereas Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas (1967) was much more religious in matter.
  • Prior to Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas, she released The Christmas Song in 1959 - backed by The Secret of Christmas.
  • Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas peaked at #27 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart.
  • The Queen of Jazz had a vocal range covering three octaves.

Ella Fitzgerald had a remarkable singing career spanning 6 decades. Her long running series of long play releases was expanded even further when previously unreleased material came out following her death in 1989. Her distinctive vocal style and mannerisms meant that she was awarded the title of the ‘Queen of Jazz’ but after listening to the songs on this page perhaps she was also entitled to the ‘Queen of Christmas’ crown also. Ella’s best known Christmas songs appeared during her purple patch in the swinging sixties with 1960’s ‘Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas’ focusing entirely on secular Christmas songs while its follow-up in 1967 ‘Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas’ took on an entirely more religious hue.

‘Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas’ was preceded by a Christmas single the year before. Her take on ‘The Christmas Song’ proved so popular that it didn’t take her record label Verve too long to realise that an Ella Christmas LP would be a winner. Fitzgerald threw herself into the resultant record with characteristic pizazz with the result that old standards like ‘Jingle Bells’ were given an electric reworking. ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ is almost unrecognisable from its normal self with lots of orchestral (conducted by Frank DeVol) and choral devices adding a dash of magic to proceedings. For the most part the song choices were predictable (without ever wanting to infer that this is a boring album as it is far from it) but the Count Basie written ‘Good Morning Blues’ does not pop up all that often and in this company sounds like something from a different planet, albeit a planet that Santa Claus still visits every December 24th.

7 years later in 1967 it was time for Ella to don the comedy antlers again, only this time ‘Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas’ was a lot more sedate and christian in direction. The orchestral direction came from Ralph Carmichael on this occasion and he succeeded in turning the lights down on what was a near restrained Fitzgerald vehicle. But for all that ‘Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas’ was a statement of artistic intent as carol after carol were given the jazz singers personal stamp. You have to work hard to find better versions of ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘Joy To The World’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and with all of her perfectly judged performances recorded in the blazing summer of 1967 (the summer of love) you have to appreciate what a colossal talent she was.

Ella's voice becomes the orchestra's richest and most versatile sound.
Arthur Fiedler
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Ella Fitzgerald Christmas Album & Single Covers

Ella Fitzgeralds Christmas
Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas
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