When the orphanage proved too crowded, she was moved to the New York Training School for Girls, a state reformatory school in Hudson, New York.Eventually she escaped, and for a time she was homeless.Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella.She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.It was a turning point in my life." The booking was instrumental in Fitzgerald's career.Bonnie Greer dramatized the incident as the musical drama, Marilyn and Ella, in 2008.Her parents were unmarried but lived together for at least two and a half years after she was born.In the early 1920s, Fitzgerald's mother and her new partner, a Portuguese immigrant named Joseph Da Silva, Fitzgerald listened to jazz recordings by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and The Boswell Sisters.
While Fitzgerald appeared in movies and as a guest on popular television shows in the second half of the twentieth century, her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career.
Alhough Webb was "reluctant to sign her...because she was gawky and unkempt, a 'diamond in the rough,'" But it was her 1938 version of the nursery rhyme, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket", a song she co-wrote, that brought her public acclaim.
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" became a major hit on the radio and was also one of the biggest-selling records of the decade.
These partnerships produced some of her best-known songs such as "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Cheek to Cheek", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)".
In 1993, she ended her nearly 60-year career with her last public performance.