Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Ella Fitzgerald - The Complete Original Song Books [2017] (20 x CD's)


Ella Fitzgerald - The Complete Original Song Books [2017] (20 x CD's)

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. She grew up near New York. Her mother works in a laundry, her father having abandoned the marital home shortly after her birth. She then dreams of being a dancer.

"Ella, she has it, This I don't know what, That others don't have, Which puts us in a strange state ..." sang France Gall in 1987, in homage to the one that the jazz profession in the United States nicknamed "The First Lady Of Song", the first lady of the song, and awarded 13 Grammy Awards. Ella, alongside Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, is considered the greatest singer in jazz. His virtuosity, his swing, his range covering no less than three octaves, his charisma, have never been equaled. Some even consider that she magnified scat to the point that no one has been able to come close to her ankle since. Ella Fitzgerald, with the Louis Armstrongs, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, carried the art of jazz so high that it can only be different after her and go in another direction.

She began singing at the age of 16 in 1934 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York in one of the first Amateurs Nights she won, contributing as much to the glory of the Apollo as to her own. She was noticed by Chick Webb's orchestra, who hired her and performed at the Savoy in Harlem. She records a few hits with him, If You Can't Sing It, You'll Have to Swing It, Love and Kisses, but it's her version of the lullaby A Tisket, a Tasket, a track she wrote herself. , who made her known. When Chick Webb died in 1939, the orchestra continued under the name "Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra". She began a solo career in 1941. At first, a swing singer, she also tackled bebop. Sarah Vaughan is one of her only rivals in this area. She is the queen of scat, and she plays and plays blues, samba, gospel etc., and even Christmas carols. His concerts are often enriched by imitations of other singers; in particular, she perfectly imitates the voices and gestures of both Rose Murphy and Louis Armstrong. In 1942, she appeared in the film by comedy duo Abbott and Costello, Deux nigauds cow-boys, directed by Arthur Lubin.  In her own words, it is Marilyn Monroe who gives her great support in her career by literally imposing her at the Mocambo Club in Los Angeles. Indeed, Marilyn, a great admirer of Ella Fitzgerald, telephones the club boss in person and asks him to schedule the singer against the promise to reserve a table in the front row every night she performs. Unable to refuse such advertising, the boss accepts and Marilyn keeps her word.

Ella left Decca in 1955. The company Verve was created for her by her manager Norman Granz. It was he who imposed it worldwide by making him record records that would become very great jazz classics, the famous Song Books, dedicated to the great American composers: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerôme Kern, Rodgers & Hart, etc. With the Duke Ellington Orchestra, she toured Europe and North America. She performs in concert with all the most important groups and soloists like Oscar Peterson, Count Basie (On the Sunny Side of the Street), Roy Eldridge, Joe Pass (Speak Love), Dizzy Gillespie and the Tommy Flanagan trio. She also sings with other jazz voices like Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra. Her role is akin to that of a "vocal instrumentalist". (Wikipedia)

All of her "Songbooks" are neatly bundled together here, in a must-have collection.


Pt.1     Pt.2     Pt.3     Pt.4 


Track lists


01. All Through The Night

02. Anything Goes

03. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable To Lunch Today)

04. Too Darn Hot

05. In The Still Of The Night

06. I Get A Kick Out Of You

07. Do I Love You?

08. Always True To You In My Fashion

09. Let's Do It

10. Just One Of Those Things

11. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

12. All Of You

13. Begin The Beguine

14. Get Out Of Town

15. I Am In Love

16. From This Moment On


01. I Love Paris

02. You Do Something To Me

03. Ridin' High

04. Easy To Love

05. It's All Right With Me

06. Why Can't You Behave?

07. What Is This Thing Called Love?

08. You're The Top

09. Love For Sale

10. It's DeLovely

11. Night And Day

12. Ace In The Hole

13. So In Love

14. I've Got You Under My Skin

15. I Concentrate On You

16. Don't Fence Me In


01. Have You Met Miss Jones?

02. You Took Advantage Of Me

03. A Ship Without A Sail

04. To Keep My Love Alive

05. Dancing On The Ceiling

06. The Lady Is A Tramp

07. With A Song In My Heart

08. Manhattan

09. Johnny One Note

10. I Wish I Were In Love Again

11. Spring Is Here

12. It Never Entered My Mind

13. This Can't Be Love

14. Thou Swell

15. My Romance

16. Where Or When

17. Little Girl Blue


01. Give It Back To The Indians

02. Ten Cents A Dance

03. There's A Small Hotel

04. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

05. Ev'rything I've Got

06. I Could Write A Book

07. The Blue Room

08. My Funny Valentine

09. Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered

10. Mountain Greenery

11. Wait Till You See Her

12. Lover

13. Isn't It Romantic?

14. Here In My Arms

15. Blue Moon

16. My Heart Stood Still

17. I've Got Five Dollars

18. Lover


01. Rockin' In Rhythm [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

02. Drop Me Off In Harlem [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

03. Day Dream [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

04. Caravan [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

05. Take The "A" Train [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

06. I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

07. Clementine [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

08. I Didn't Know About You [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

09. I'm Beginning To See The Light [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

10. Lost In Meditation [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]

11. Perdido [feat. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra]


01. Cotton Tail

02. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

03. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

04. Solitude

05. Rocks In My Bed

06. Satin Doll

07. Sophisticated Lady

08. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)

09. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

10. Azure


01. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

02. In A Sentimental Mood

03. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

04. Prelude To A Kiss

05. Mood Indigo [feat. Oscar Peterson]

06. In A Mellow Tone [feat. Oscar Peterson]

07. Love You Madly [feat. Oscar Peterson]

08. Lush Life [feat. Oscar Peterson]

09. Squatty Roo [feat. Oscar Peterson]


01. I'm Just A Lucky So And So

02. All Too Soon

03. Everything But You

04. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)

05. Bli-Blip

06. Chelsea Bridge

07. Portrait Of Ella Fitzgerald

08. The E And D Blues (E For Ella And D For Duke)


01. Let's Face The Music And Dance [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

02. You're Laughing At Me [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

03. Let Yourself Go [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

04. You Can Have Him [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

05. Russian Lullaby [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

06. Puttin' On The Ritz [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

07. Get Thee Behind Me Satan [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

08. Alexander's Ragtime Band [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

09. Top Hat, White Tie, And Tails [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

10. How About Me? [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

11. Cheek To Cheek [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

12. I Used To Be Color Blind [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

13. Lazy [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

14. How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky) [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

15. All By Myself [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

16. Remember [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]


01. Supper Time [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

02. How's Chances? [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

03. Heat Wave [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

04. Isn't This A Lovely Day? [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

05. You Keep Coming Back Like A Song [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

06. Reaching For The Moon [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

07. Slumming On Park Avenue [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

08. The Song Is Ended [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

09. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

10. Now It Can Be Told [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

11. Always [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

12. It's A Lovely Day Today [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

13. Change Partners [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

14. No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]

15. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm [feat. Paul Weston & His Orchestra]


01. Promenade (Walking The Dog)

02. March Of The Swiss Soldiers

03. Fidgety Feet

04. Prelude I

05. Prelude II

06. Prelude III


01. 'S Wonderful

02. The Man I Love

03. That Certain Feeling

04. By Strauss

05. Someone To Watch Over Me

06. The Real American Folk Song

07. Who Cares?

08. Looking For A Boy

09. They All Laughed

10. My Cousin In Milwaukee

11. Somebody From Somewhere


01. A Foggy Day

02. Clap Yo' Hands

03. For You For Me For Evermore

04. Stiff Upper Lip

05. Boy Wanted

06. Strike Up The Band

07. Soon

08. I've Got A Crush On You

09. Bidin' My Time

10. Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?

11. Of Thee I Sing


01. They Can't Take That Away From Me

02. Embraceable You

03. I Can't Be Bothered Now

04. Boy What Love Has Done To Me

05. Fascinating Rhythm

06. Funny Face

07. Lorelei

08. Oh So Nice

09. Let's Kiss And Make Up

10. I Got Rhythm


01. Sam And Delilah

02. But Not For Me

03. My One And Only

04. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

05. (I've Got) Beginner's Luck

06. Oh, Lady Be Good

07. Nice Work If You Can Get It

08. Things Are Looking Up

09. Just Another Rhumba

10. How Long Has This Been Going On?


01. The Half Of It Dearie Blues

02. I Was Doing All Right

03. He Loves And She Loves

04. Love Is Sweeping The Country

05. Treat Me Rough

06. Love Is Here To Stay

07. Slap That Bass

08. Isn't It A Pity

09. Shall We Dance?

10. Love Walked In

11. You've Got What Gets Me


01. When The Sun Comes Out

02. Come Rain Or Come Shine

03. As Long As I Live

04. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

05. It's Only A Paper Moon

06. The Man That Got Away

07. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

08. It Was Written In The Stars

09. Get Happy

10. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

11. Out Of This World

12. Over The Rainbow


01. Blues In The Night

02. Let's Fall In Love

03. Stormy Weather

04. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

05. My Shining Hour

06. Hooray For Love

07. This Time The Dream's On Me

08. That Old Black Magic

09. I've Got The World On A String

10. Let's Take A Walk Around The Block

11. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)

12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive


01. Let's Begin

02. A Fine Romance

03. All The Things You Are

04. I'll Be Hard To Handle

05. You Couldn't Be Cuter

06. She Didn't Say Yes

07. I'm Old Fashioned

08. Remind Me

09. The Way You Look Tonight

10. Yesterdays

11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

12. Why Was I Born?


01. Too Marvelous For Words

02. Early Autumn

03. Day In Day Out

04. Laura

05. This Time The Dream's On Me

06. Skylark

07. Single-O

08. Something's Gotta Give

09. Trav'lin Light

10. Midnight Sun

11. Dream (When You’re Feeling Blue)

12. I Remember You

13. When A Woman Loves A Man




  1. This is a great set. Not enough people know/appreciate Mz Fitzgerald, one hopes this introduction will open new vistas for the music lovers who follow your delightful Blog

    1. Ella's had a flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless voice. It would be silly to pick a few songs to highlight her powers. She could sing ballads, sweet jazz and was better at swing than most others. There is so much here to enjoy. I hope as you say her music is more appreciated after picking these up.


  2. Wonderful! I really appreciate this sharing, what a Box-set!! Thanks BB...

    1. I enjoy these very much, I hope you do too, Patrick


  3. Some of the greatest music ever recorded. Thnaks, BB.

  4. She was and still is the First Lady of Jazz. Thank you for this BB!!
    Be well.
    Manolis F.

    1. Hi Manolis,
      I am glad this set appeals to you.


  5. BB, I have always considered you the King of Shares when it comes to the blogging verse but this collection of Ella makes you Emperor of said verse.
    IMO Ella to this day is one of the truly great singers of forever. I have most of this set but I wanted to say thx for this tremendous share.

    1. Hi Jeremy,
      Very kind words indeed. Appreciated.


  6. A truly great post, many thanks. Norman Granz did indeed know how to record Ella in her later days and these albums are bench marks. Further exploration is recommended of her early days and the scat singing for which she is justly famous. Also highly recommended is the 1960 live album Ella in Berlin (subtitled Mack the Knife). But Butterboy, this is a magnificent gift and I am forever in your debt.

    1. Hi Man from Mordor.
      Ella is deserved of much more praise. I like the opening comment above "Ella, she has it, This I don't know what, That others don't have, Which puts us in a strange state ..." France Gall in 1987. Many sing these songs and many are great version but Ella has a beauty all her own. I have the Live in Berlin album. It is a great concert album. When she forgets the words to Mack the Knife she improvises and makes the song greater. Enjoy this set day in and day out.


  7. Wowwww Butterboy!
    No words to express my gratitude! Thanks a lot to share the complete Ella Fitzgerald song book!
    This is a truly wonderful post! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Il Commendatore.
      The problem for many is finding the time too listen to this set. I did it again yesterday. I was never disappointed at any moment. Her voice has a quality that makes you feel good. Enjoy.


    2. Yes but fortunatelly for me I work in front of a computer 8 hours a day so I am able to listen to music all day!!!

  8. I'd like to echo the gratitude of everyone. Your blog is an absolute treasure and this collection is an absolute gem. Thank you so much

  9. I am always amazed at these great suggestions here on this blog, and this compilation by Ella Fitzgerald is yet another step up and indeed a "must-have collection" - for this, again, very best thanks!

    1. That is a wonderful comment, WOODY. Thank you.
      It is indeed a must have collection.


  10. Whew... after all the appreciative words already, I can't add a further shiny glint of gratitude for this grand, smooth set by one grand, smooth voice. Thank you, Butter!

    1. I love the shiny glint of gratitude for Ella.
      A very underrated emotion.


  11. Thank you very much for Ella Butterboy! I also have to thank you for your work on the last two "60 Years Ago" compilations. Very appreciated! Best wishes, Alfred

  12. Hi BB,

    I've gone through all the comments and agree this a great share and thank you for it.
    As i asked your for another compilation i see this one has 20 CD's but when i check on the net,
    for example Discogs, i see only 16 CD's in the release.
    So what is the difference with you share that hes 20 CD's.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Serge ,
      This is probably the 16 Cd set but the way I had it in my digital files suggests a 20 CD set. The tracks are ostensibly the same however some CD's seem to be split in two with some bonus material added or re-positioned. I should probably correct this. I also could not find information on a 20 Cd set.


    2. BB,
      Thank you so much for your explanation.
      Your shares are always the best and your explanations as well