"Originally, Ella wanted to be a dancer, however, she changed her mind and decided to sing when she entered a talent show at the Apollo Theater. She won the first prize of ten dollars, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Bandleader, Chick Webb, needed a female vocalist and reluctantly hired Ella. It seems that Chick felt she wasn't good looking enough even though she could sing like nobody's business.

The union proved to be great for Ella and Chick, catapulting them both to national stardom. Ella soon became known as the "first lady of swing" and with time, "the first lady of song."

This painting of Ella is my personal favorite. You can almost hear her singing to the Duke and Benny Goodman in the upper right corner. I wouldn't change a thing."

-Rick Holton

Ella Fitzgerald
Medium: watercolor
Sale: originals are not for sale
Size: 20" x 30"
Prints: $200/ signed and numbered