I’m sure I’ve blogged about my love, admiration, and respect for Ella Fitzgerald. I’ve also vlogged about my favorite song ever,
. Imagine my surprise and delight when I stumbled upon this old commercial in which my favorite musical genius’ converged! I hope you are imagining me being stunned and extremely delighted because I was. Still am.
While we’re on the subject of Chuck Mangione, I’d like to take this opportunity to post this drawing that I perceive to be a rendering of Mr. Mangione playing my favorite song. That’s probably not what the artist intended, but that’s what I got. Maybe it’s the hat.
I might as well post these other jazz inspired images that I enjoy.
I’m kind of freaking out about this. As much as I love anyone that I’ve said that said that I love on this blog, I LOVE Ella Fitzgerald! When it comes down to it, I would rate her #1 vocalist of all time. A constant on the list of (dead) people I’d like to have dinner with/invite to a dinner party is Ella. I had no idea about Marilyn! I just found this story at http://donttouchmymoleskine.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/miguxas-3/
It’s 1955 and Marilyn Monroe is at the height of her fame. Despite this, she wants to be taken seriously as an artist, like the woman she most admires, jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, who is also at the peak of her career.
Even though she can’t quite believe her own success, Ella wants more too. She wants the kind of fame Marilyn has. She wants to be in the movies. But to break into Hollywood , she needs to meet the ‘right’ people like the producers and money-men who frequent the ‘living-room of the stars’ Mocambo night club.
But Ella stands no chance of singing at the whites-only Mocambo…until Marilyn steps in and pulls strings like nobody else can!
These two iconic women – both outsiders – come together in an evening of raw emotion and great songs. A true but forgotten moment of American showbiz history re-enacted live on stage.