Wins two awards at inaugural Grammys
Releases critically-acclaimed Ella In Berlin
Acting debut in a feature "Pete Kelly's Blues"
Develops scat style on tour with Dizzy Gillespie
First feature appearance as herself in "Ride 'Em Cowboy" starring Abbott and Costello; sang "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
Became nominal lead of Chick Webb Band sfter Webb's death
Had first hit recording with "A-Tisket A-Tasket"
Made stage singing debut in amateur contest at the Apollo Theater; won first prize
Upon mother's death, moved to Harlem (NYC) to live with aunt
Moved with mother and mother's boyfriend Joseph Da Silva to Yonkers, New York (date approximate)
Known for such albums as "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book" and "Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas"
Popular songs include "Sleigh Ride" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".
Hired by Chick Webb to sing with his orchestra
Fitzgerald has received the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medal of Honor Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an honorary doctorate of music from Harvard University.
Fitzgerald was a supporter of many charities including the American Heart Association and the City of Hope Medical Center. She established the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation in 1993.
Fitzgerald starred in commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken, American Express and Memorex.
In 1997, Newport News, Virginia created a music festival with Christopher Newport University to honor Ella Fitzgerald and teach the region's youth of her musical legacy.