Early Hardship Couldn’t Muffle Ella Fitzgerald’s Joy

Music was always her refuge, but Ella Fitzgerald never thought she would be a singer until she won an Amateur Night contest at the Apollo Theater in 1934.

Before she became First Lady of Song, Fitzgerald navigated childhood loss, poverty and homelessness — always with music as her refuge.

(Image credit: The Rudy Calvo Collection Cache Agency)

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