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12/10/2020
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Remember the Ladies: Ella Fitzgerald

Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate, and ageless. Continue reading

01/12/2015
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Remember the Ladies: Bette Midler

…she was offered $50 a weekend to do two shows at New York’s Continental Baths. Initially shy, she soon learned she could be outrageous, tell raunchy jokes, and enjoy herself. The more flamboyant she was, the more the audience loved her. “Ironically,” she said later, “I was freed from fear by people who, at the time, were ruled by fear. And I will always be grateful.” Continue reading

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