In 1959, Ella Fitzgerald became the first African-American woman to earn a Grammy Award. She won five awards that year, including an award for best jazz soloist and one for best female pop vocalist.Also she was knows as "First Lady of Song" and the "Queen of Jazz" because of her purity of tone .
8 DUOS dans les années 30-40-50-60... (de haut en bas) : Diana DORS...
In the 1950s, Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play Hollywood's most popular nightclub, Mocambo, because of her race. Marilyn Monroe, who was a big fan, called the owner & told him that if he booked Ella, Marilyn would be there every night — which guaranteed huge press coverage. He booked Ella and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. Ella said, "After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
Summertime from Porgy and Bess, sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and written by George (and Ira) Gershwing. Porgy and Bess was written as an opera with blues influences, so I guess this still counts as classical, or at least classicalish.