Ella Fitzgerald discography

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This article presents the discography of the jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, covering her recording career from 1935 up to 1989.

Between 1935 and 1955 Ella Fitzgerald was signed to Decca Records, her early recordings were as featured vocalist and frequently uncredited. The first single, issued on 78rpm single, "I'll Chase the Blues Away" backed by "Love and Kisses" was recorded with The Chick Webb Orchestra. Fitzgerald recorded with this orchestra up until Webb's death in 1939, after this the orchestra was renamed Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra. With the introduction of 10" and 12" Long-playing records in the late 1940s, Decca released several original albums in the later part of her time at Decca Records and many of her previous single only releases were re-issued on these formats.

In 1956 Ella Fitzgerald signed with Verve Records the Norman Granz record label, Fitzgerald recorded with Verve until the mid-1960s. Included in this era were a series of eight songbook albums, with interpretations of the greater part of the Great American Songbook, with songs from the pens of Cole Porter (1956), Rodgers & Hart (1956), Duke Ellington (1957), Irving Berlin (1958), George and Ira Gershwin (1959), Harold Arlen (1961), Jerome Kern (1963) and Johnny Mercer (1964). The late 1960s and early 1970s saw Fitzgerald release albums on several major record labels, including three albums on Capitol Records and two on the Reprise Records label. In 1972 Norman Granz formed Pablo Records, the label continued to release Ella Fitzgerald's albums up until her last recorded album All That Jazz in 1989.

In recent years the Ella Fitzgerald back catalogue has continued to grow, this includes complete albums of previously unreleased live material and alternative recordings from her studio sessions.

Albums[edit]

Decca[edit]

From 1935 to the late 1940s Decca issued Ella Fitzgerald's recordings on 78rpm singles and album collections, in book form, of four singles that included eight tracks. These recordings have been re-issued on a series of 15 compact disc by the French record label Classics Records between 1992 and 2008.

Year Album Record label
1950 Ella Sings Gershwin Decca
1954 Songs in a Mellow Mood
Lullabies of Birdland
1955 For Sentimental Reasons
(A collection of previously available recordings from the late 1940s and early 1950s)
Miss Ella Fitzgerald & Mr Gordon Jenkins Invite You to Listen and Relax
(A collection of previously available recordings from the late 1940s and early 1950s)
Sweet and Hot

Verve[edit]

Ella Fitzgerald released many stand alone singles throughout her Verve years, these were re-issued in 2003 on the 2-CD set, Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Vol. 1. Studio and live albums released at a later date are also included here.

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

Capitol[edit]

1967

1968

MPS Records[edit]

1969

Reprise[edit]

1969

1970

Atlantic[edit]

1972

Columbia[edit]

1973

Pablo[edit]

1966

1967

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1981

1982

1983

1986

1989

  • All That JazzGrammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female

2001

Notable guest appearances[edit]

1953

1955

1956

1957

1983

1989

Boxed sets and collections[edit]

Hit Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US US
AC
UK US
R&B
Germany US Country
1936 "All My Life"(with Teddy Wilson) 13
"Sing Me a Swing Song (and Let Me Dance)"(with Chick Webb) 18
"My Melancholy Baby"(with Teddy Wilson) 6
"(If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have To Swing It"(with Chick Webb) 20
1937 "Goodnight My Love"(with Benny Goodman) 1
"Dedicated to You"(with the Mills Brothers) 19
"Big Boy Blue"(with the Mills Brothers) 20
"If You Ever Should Leave" 12
"All Over Nothing At All" 20
1938 "Rock It For Me"(with Chick Webb) 19
"I Got a Guy"(with Chick Webb) 18
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket"(with Chick Webb) 1
"I Found My Yellow Basket"(with Chick Webb) 3
"Wacky Dust"(with Chick Webb) 13
"MacPherson Is Rehearsin' To Swing"(with Chick Webb) 14
"F.D.R. Jones"(with Chick Webb) 8
1939 "Undecided"(with Chick Webb) 8
"T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)"(with Chick Webb) 19
"Chew, Chew, Chew (Your Bubble Gum)"(with Chick Webb) 14
"I Want the Waiter (With the Water)" 9
"My Wubba Dolly" 16
1940 "The Starlit Hour" 17
"Sing Song Swing" 23
"Imagination" 15
"Sugar Blues" 27
"Shake Down the Stars" 18
"Five O'Clock Whistle" 9
1941 "Louisville K.Y." 23
"Hello Ma! I Done It Again" 26
"The Muffin Man" 23
1943 "My Heart and I Decided"(with the Keys) 6
1944 "Cow-Cow Boogie"(with the Ink Spots) 10 1
"When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" 27 2
"Once Too Often" 24
"I'm Making Believe"(with the Ink Spots) 1 2
"Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall"(with the Ink Spots) 1 1
1945 "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine" 10
"I'm Beginning To See the Light"(with the Ink Spots) 5
"It's Only a Paper Moon" 9 4
1946 "The Frim Fram Sauce"(with Louis Armstrong) 4
"You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)"(with Louis Armstrong) 10
"Stone Cold Dead In the Market (He Had It Coming)"(with Louis Jordan) 7 1
"Petootie Pie"(with Louis Jordan) 3
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" 8
1947 "That's My Desire" 3
"Guilty" 11
1948 "My Happiness" 6 8
"Tea Leaves" 24
"It's Too Soon To Know" 6
1949 "Baby, It's Cold Outside"(with Louis Jordan) 9 6
1950 "Can Anyone Explain (No, No, No)"(with Louis Armstrong) 30
"I'll Never Be Free"(with Louis Jordon) 7
1951 "Smooth Sailing" 23 3
1952 "Trying" 21
"Walkin' By the River" 29
1953 "Crying In the Chapel" 15
1954 "Melancholy Me" 25
"I Need" 30
1956 "A Beautiful Friendship" 74
1958 "The Swinging Shepherd Blues" 15
1959 "But Not for Me" 25
1960 "Mack the Knife" 27 19 6
"How High the Moon (Part 1)" 76 46
1961 "Mr. Paganini (You'll Have to Swing It)" 103 20
1962 "Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune)" 102 38
"Stardust Bossa Nova" 129
1963 "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home" 75
1964 "Hello, Dolly!" 125
"Can't Buy Me Love" 34 24
1965 "Ringo Beat" 127
1968 "I Taught Him Everything He Knows" 22
1969 "Get Ready" 126