The Best of the Songbooks

The Best of the Songbooks

by Ella Fitzgerald


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The series of songbook recordings that Ella Fitzgerald made throughout the 1950s were her ticket to vocal immortality. Each of these tributes to America's greatest songwriters -- George Gershwin, Howard Arlen, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hart, and Jerome Kern -- has its own mighty rewards. And how could they not? Fitzgerald was in peak voice, and her material is some of the most exquisite and durable popular songs ever written. For many vocal aficionados, Ella's versions of these songs are difficult to match, let alone top. This fine collection skims some of the best from the individual albums. Honestly, how can you miss with songs like "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Cotton Tail," "Miss Otis Regrets," "Midnight Sun," and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"?

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1993
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731451980442
catalogNumber: 519804

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Bob Cooper   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Ted Nash   Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Vibes
Harry Carney   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
John Collins   Guitar
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Frank Flynn   Vibes
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
John Sanders   Trombone
Stuff Smith   Violin
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Sam Woodyard   Drums

Technical Credits

Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Norman Granz   Producer
Michael Lang   Compilation Supervisor
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Val Valentin   Engineer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Geoffrey Mark Fidelman   Liner Notes
Chris Thompson   Art Direction

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The Best of the Songbooks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
winmichigan More than 1 year ago
This is the first time that I have purchased any Ella Fitzgerald music. What a great collection to start with. Great music to relax to. Can't wait to sit on my patio, sipping tea and listening to this mellow music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs and sound quality are great. I love this woman's voice. There are so many big hits here. Play all the samples
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome! I've had it for quite a while and still listen to it. Most albums you wear out after the first 2 weeks or so and have to take a break for a while. Not this one. I've been going on it for a year now and I'm still not in need of a break! Isn't Ella great?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the best collection of classic jazz hits, performed by the Queen of Jazz. Every selection provides a finger popping, foot stomping environs for listeners of all ages. A DEFINITE BEST OF SONGBOOK. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this title.