Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

The Writer’s Almanac notes that today is Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday, though there seems to be some confusion about the year. According to The Official Web Site of Ella Fitzgerald (whatever that means for someone who has died), today would be Ella’s 90th. The Writer’s Almanac says it’s only the 89th. Either way, I was interested to read this story about the connection between the First Lady of Song and Marilyn Monroe:

Marilyn Monroe was one of her biggest fans. Ella said, “I owe Marilyn a real debt. It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again.”

I was born in 1963, so Marilyn Monroe has never been more than a cardboard cut-out to me. It’s nice to think that her contribution to popular song may have gone deeper than “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”

One Response to “Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe”

  1. Timothy Peach Says:

    Given what you just posted, Granulous, I think a prominent link to the following page belongs somewhere on your site:


    They’re all fabulous, but I’m going to have to go ahead and give my highest rating — five pigs — to #3…

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