Romance and Rhythm

Romance and Rhythm

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald


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The four-disc Ella Fitzgerald box set released by Proper is one of the most complete assessments of her early career, with 100 songs taking listeners from her debut with the orchestra of Chick Webb in 1935 all the way to the end of her Decca contract in 1952. (As fans will know, this set says nothing about the wonderful things she was about to accomplish with the Verve label in the '50s and '60s.) During her Webb and Decca years, Ella performed a mixture of light novelties and sturdy standards (or soon-to-be standards), with the dreaded novelties ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Stone Cold Dead in the Market [He Had It Coming]") usually paying the way for the songs she liked to sing (and her fans liked to hear). Although her prewar and postwar period is often maligned, or unfairly compared to her later standard of excellence, Ella (like Billie Holiday) was able to spin gold -- or at least silver -- out of nearly everything she recorded. An added bonus is Decca's pairing of her with their other stars of the period, like Louis Armstrong, the Ink Spots, and Louis Jordan.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0805520020749
catalogNumber: 74


Disc 1

  1. Love and Kisses
  2. My Melancholy Baby
  3. All My Life
  4. Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)
  5. (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It
  6. Goodnight My Love
  7. Oh Yes, Take Another Guess
  8. Did You Mean It?
  9. Organ Grinder's Swing
  10. Darktown Strutters' Ball
  11. Big Boy Blue
  12. Dedicated to You
  13. All Over Nothing at All
  14. If You Ever Should Leave
  15. I Got a Guy
  16. Rock It for Me
  17. I Want to Be Happy
  18. The Dipsy Doodle
  19. If Dreams Come True
  20. Hallellujah!
  21. It's Wonderful
  22. I Was Doing All Right
  23. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  24. If You Only Knew
  25. Ella

Disc 2

  1. F.D.R. Jones
  2. I Found My Yellow Basket
  3. Undecided
  4. Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)
  5. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  6. Chew-Chew-Chew (Your Bubble Gum)
  7. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  8. If Anything Happened to You
  9. If You Ever Change Your Mind
  10. Little White Lies
  11. Stairway to the Stars
  12. I Want the Waiter (With the Water)
  13. Out of Nowhere
  14. You're Gonna Lose Your Gal
  15. Moon Ray
  16. Sugar Blues
  17. The Starlit Hour
  18. What's the Matter With Me?
  19. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?
  20. If It Weren't for You
  21. Sing Song Swing
  22. Imagination
  23. Deedle-De-Dum
  24. Shake Down the Stars
  25. Gulf Coast Blues

Disc 3

  1. Five O'Clock Whistle
  2. Louisville K-Y
  3. Taking a Chance on Love
  4. Cabin in the Sky
  5. I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town
  6. Three Little Words
  7. Hello Ma! I Done It Again
  8. The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)
  9. My Man
  10. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  11. I Must Have That Man
  12. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
  13. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  14. Can't Help Lovin' That Man
  15. Jim
  16. This Love of Mine
  17. Somebody Nobody Loves
  18. Make Love to Me
  19. Mama Come Home
  20. He's My Guy
  21. Cow Cow Boogie
  22. Once Too Often
  23. Time Alone Will Tell
  24. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
  25. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

Disc 4

  1. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  2. It's Only a Paper Moon
  3. Flying Home
  4. Stone Cold Dead in the Market (He Had It Coming)
  5. You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)
  6. The Frim Fram Sauce
  7. Sentimental Journey
  8. Oh, Lady Be Good
  9. Robbin's Nest
  10. How High the Moon
  11. Baby It's Cold Outside
  12. Basin Street Blues
  13. Don'cha Go 'Way Mad
  14. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  15. Looking for a Boy
  16. My One and Only
  17. How Long Has This Been Going On
  18. I've Got a Crush on You
  19. But Not for Me
  20. Soon
  21. Someone to Watch Over Me
  22. Maybe
  23. Smooth Sailing
  24. Airmail Special
  25. Rough Ridin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Doggett   Organ,Piano
Will Bradley   Trombone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Hank Jones   Piano
John Kirby   Trombone
Gene Krupa   Drums
Trigger Alpert   Bass
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Bob Haggart   Bass,Conductor
Taft Jordan   Trumpet,Vocals
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Frankie Newton   Trumpet
Edgar Sampson   Alto Saxophone
Chick Webb   Drums
George Wettling   Drums
Bill Davis   Piano
Stan Freeman   Piano
Moe Wechsler   Piano
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Red Ballard   Trombone
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Dallas Bartley   Bass
Mario Bauzá   Trumpet
Bill Beason   Drums
Jerry Blake   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Floyd Brady   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Eddie Byrd   Drums
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Wayman Carver   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Sid Cooper   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Rene Deknight   Guitar
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Morey Feld   Drums
Harold Feldman   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Harry Goodman   Bass
Leonard Graham   Trumpet
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Earl Hardy   Trombone
John Haughton   Trombone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Aaron Izenhall   Trumpet
Josh Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Jacobs   Bells
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Claude Jones   Trombone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Irv Kluger   Drums
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Billy Kyle   Piano
Ellis Larkins   Piano
Ulysses Livingston   Guitar
Frank Ludwig   Tenor Saxophone
George Matthews   Trombone
John McConnell   Trombone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Johnny McGhee   Trumpet
Teddy McRae   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Donald Mills   Vocals
Harry Mills   Vocals
Herbert Mills   Vocals
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Beverly Peer   Bass
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jesse Price   Drums
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
William Purnell   Drums
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Sam Simmons   Tenor Saxophone
Jesse "Po" Simpkins   Bass
Jess Stacy   Piano
Lennie Stanfield   Bass
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nat Story   Trombone
John Trueheart   Banjo,Bass,Guitar
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Paul Webster   Trumpet
Hy White   Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Vic Lourie   Claves
Rudy Traylor   Drums
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Andrew Ferretti   Trumpet
Bill DePew   Alto Saxophone
Jack Greenberg   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Peck   Trumpet
William Pritchard   Trombone
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Sandy Williams   Trombone,Trumpet
Charlie Fuqua   Vocals
Bill Kenny   Vocals
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Billy Taylor   Bass
Haig Stephens   Bass
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Felix Giobbe   Bass
Sid Rubin   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Ruggiero   Trumpet
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Alfonso King   Trombone
Bill Furness   Piano
Milton Schatz   Baritone Saxophone
Ray Charles Singers   Vocals
Chauncey Houghton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John H.R. Mills   Vocals
Bobby Johnson   Guitar
Slim Furness   Guitar
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Maracas
Eddie Johnson's Crackerjacks   Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Mackay   Guitar
Peck Furness   Bass
Freddie Ohms   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Brown   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Arnett Cobb   Composer
Delta Rhythm Boys   Vocal Group
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Illinois Jacquet   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Hank Jones   Composer
Stan Kenton   Composer
Artie Shaw   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Larry Clinton   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger,Composer
Sy Oliver   Arranger,Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Victor Mizzy   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Charles Thompson   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Charles L. Cooke   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Kim Gannon   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Henry W. Sanicola   Composer
Wilbur Schwandt   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Stuff Smith   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Alfred Newman   Composer
Charlie Beal   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Freddie James   Composer
Terry Shand   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Don George   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Nat Madison   Composer
Joe Ricardel   Composer
Milton Samuels   Composer
Nelson Shawn   Composer
Sherman   Composer
Maurice Sigler   Composer
Marion Sunshine   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Lucy Fletcher   Composer
Lloyd Garrett   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer
Joop Visser   Producer,Liner Notes
Joe Greene   Composer
Stephen Weiss   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Artie Quenzer   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Caesar Petrillo   Composer
Dan Howell   Composer
Sol Parker   Composer
Sue Werner   Composer
Gene Irwin   Composer
Seymour Miller   Composer
Paul Mann   Composer

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