Annotation

Notes

This huge (and expensive) 16 discs boxset covers the totality of Fitzgerald's Song Books serie that she made for Verve during the late 50s and early 60s.
It features major works drawn from the Great American Song Book, including from Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, George & Ira Gershwin, and Johnny Mercer.
Given its size, nature (and price), this set is not for everyone, and newcomers would certainly be better digging one of the smallest sampler that Verve made out of this (one of the The Best of the Song Books for example).
As well, jazz hardcore fans could find themselves disappointed if they don't already know the material, and actually expect scat and swing (this is orchestral, mostly, and not of the lightest ones...).
But any completist, any serious Ella's fans, or anybody interested in this major cultural event should really consider saving money to buy this superb set.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Cole Porter songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Cole Porter Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Rodgers & Hart Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Rodgers & Hart Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Duke Ellington songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Duke Ellington songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the third part of the Duke Ellington Songbook

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Irving Berlin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Irving Berlin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the third and last part of the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the first part of the Harold Arlen songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the second part of the Harold Arlen songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the Jerome Kern songbook.

Notes

See disc 1 for details about this set as a whole.
This specific disc covers the Johnny Mercer songbook.

Annotation last modified on 2012-03-26 15:01 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
CD 2: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
CD 3: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book
CD 4: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book
CD 5: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
CD 6: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
CD 7: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
CD 8: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book
CD 9: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book
CD 10: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
CD 11: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
# Title Rating Length
1 Looking for a Boy
3:07
2 They All Laughed
3:06
3 My Cousin in Milwaukee
3:11
4 Somebody From Somewhere
3:09
5 A Foggy Day
3:34
6 Clap Yo' Hands
2:32
7 For You, for Me, for Evermore
3:26
8 Stiff Upper Lip
2:54
9 Boy Wanted
3:36
10 Strike Up the Band
2:37
11 Soon
2:24
12 I've Got a Crush on You
3:31
13 Bidin' My Time
2:43
14 Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did?
3:31
15 Of Thee I Sing (Baby)
3:10
16 The Half of It, Dearie, Blues
3:49
17 I Was Doing All Right
3:29
18 He Loves and She Loves
2:46
CD 12: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
CD 13: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book
CD 14: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book
CD 15: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book
CD 16: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book

Credits

CD 11: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book

recorded in:
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1959-01-08) (track 12)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1959-03-18) (tracks 15, 17)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1959-07-15) (track 16)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1959-07-17) (track 8)
violin:
Victor Arno (tracks 12, 17)
Victor Bay (tracks 12, 17)
Alex Beller (tracks 12, 17)
Harold Dicterow (track 17)
Jacques Gasselin (track 12)
Ben Gill (tracks 12, 17)
Murray Kellner (tracks 12, 17)
Erno Neufeld (tracks 12, 17)
Misha Russell (track 12)
Paul Shure (tracks 12, 17)
Felix Slatkin (track 17)
Marshall Sosson (tracks 12, 17)
Israel Baker (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Victor Bay (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Alex Beller (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Walter Edelstein (1959-01-05) (track 5)
James Getzoff (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Ben Gill (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Murray Kellner (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Nathan Ross (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Marshall Sosson (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Gerald Vinci (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Victor Arno (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Victor Bay (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Alex Beller (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Harold Dicterow (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Ben Gill (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Murray Kellner (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Erno Neufeld (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Paul Shure (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Felix Slatkin (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Marshall Sosson (1959-03-18) (track 15)
cello:
James Arkatov (track 12)
Elizabeth Greenschpoon (tracks 12, 17)
Armand Kaproff (track 17)
George Neikrug (track 12)
Kurt Reher (track 12)
Eleanor Slatkin (track 17)
Elizabeth Greenschpoon (1959-01-05) (track 5)
George Neikrug (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Kurt Reher (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Elizabeth Greenschpoon (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Armand Kaproff (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Eleanor Slatkin (1959-03-18) (track 15)
trumpet:
Pete Candoli (tracks 8, 17)
Cappy Lewis (track 8)
Dale McMickle (tracks 8, 17)
Shorty Sherock (tracks 8, 17)
Joe Triscari (track 17)
Don Fagerquist (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Manny Klein (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Dale McMickle (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Shorty Sherock (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Pete Candoli (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Dale McMickle (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Shorty Sherock (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Joe Triscari (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Cappy Lewis (1959-07-15) (track 16)
woodwind:
Gene Cipriano (track 17)
Buddy Collette (track 8)
Jewell Grant (track 17)
William Green (woodwind) (track 17)
Harry Klee (track 8)
Joe Koch (track 8)
Bud Skalak (track 8)
Buddy Collette (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Harry Klee (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Joe Koch (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Champ Webb (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Gene Cipriano (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Jewell Grant (1959-03-18) (track 15)
William Green (woodwind) (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Buddy Collette (1959-07-15) (track 16)
Harry Klee (1959-07-15) (track 16)
Champ Webb (1959-07-15) (track 16)
viola:
Alvin Dinkin (tracks 12, 17)
Stanley Harris (track 17)
Paul Robyn (tracks 12, 17)
Barbara Simons (track 12)
David Sterkin (track 12)
Alvin Dinkin (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Paul Robyn (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Barbara Simmons (viola) (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Alvin Dinkin (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Stanley Harris (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Paul Robyn (1959-03-18) (track 15)
drums:
Mel Lewis (track 17)
Bill Richmond (track 12)
Alvin Stoller (track 8)
Alvin Stoller (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Mel Lewis (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Alvin Stoller (1959-07-15) (track 16)
guitar:
Herb Ellis (jazz guitarist) (tracks 8, 12, 17)
Herb Ellis (jazz guitarist) (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Herb Ellis (jazz guitarist) (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Herb Ellis (jazz guitarist) (1959-07-15) (track 16)
bass:
Joe Comfort (tracks 8, 17)
Joe Mondragon (track 12)
Joe Comfort (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Joe Comfort (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Ralph Pena (1959-07-15) (track 16)
percussion:
Frank Flynn (tracks 8, 17)
Frank Flynn (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Frank Flynn (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Frank Flynn (1959-07-15) (track 16)
alto saxophone:
Ronnie Lang (track 8)
Ted Nash (40s-80s US swing reedman, uncle of the other) (track 17)
Ted Nash (40s-80s US swing reedman, uncle of the other) (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Ted Nash (40s-80s US swing reedman, uncle of the other) (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Ronnie Lang (1959-07-15) (track 16)
piano:
Lou Levy (tracks 8, 17)
Paul Smith (Paul Thatcher Smith, jazz pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader) (track 12)
Paul Smith (Paul Thatcher Smith, jazz pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader) (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Lou Levy (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Lou Levy (1959-07-15) (track 16)
baritone saxophone:
Chuck Gentry (1959-07-15) (track 16)
tuba:
Ed Gilbert (track 17)
Ed Gilbert (1959-03-18) (track 15)
bass trombone:
Karl DeKarske (track 17)
George Roberts (american bass trombone) (track 8)
Karl DeKarske (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Karl DeKarske (1959-03-18) (track 15)
George Roberts (american bass trombone) (1959-07-15) (track 16)
harp:
Katherina Julyie (1959-01-05) (track 5)
trombone:
Dick Nash (track 17)
Richard Noel (trombonist) (track 8)
Tommy Pederson (tracks 8, 17)
James Priddy (tracks 8, 17)
Milt Bernhart (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Richard Noel (trombonist) (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Tommy Pederson (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Dick Nash (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Tommy Pederson (1959-03-18) (track 15)
James Priddy (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Richard Noel (trombonist) (1959-07-15) (track 16)
Tommy Pederson (1959-07-15) (track 16)
James Priddy (1959-07-15) (track 16)
French horn:
Vincent DeRosa (track 17)
James Decker (track 17)
Vince Darosa (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Vincent DeRosa (1959-03-18) (track 15)
James Decker (1959-03-18) (track 15)
arranger:
Nelson Riddle (tracks 1–18)
composer:
George Gershwin (composer) (track 14)
George Gershwin (composer) (1921) (track 9)
George Gershwin (composer) (1924) (track 16)
George Gershwin (composer) (1925) (track 1)
George Gershwin (composer) (1926) (tracks 6, 6)
George Gershwin (composer) (1927) (tracks 10–11, 18)
George Gershwin (composer) (1928) (track 12)
George Gershwin (composer) (1930) (track 13)
George Gershwin (composer) (1931) (tracks 4, 15, 15)
George Gershwin (composer) (1932) (track 3)
George Gershwin (composer) (1936 – 1937) (track 7)
George Gershwin (composer) (1937) (tracks 2, 2, 5, 5, 8, 17, 17)
conductor:
Nelson Riddle (1959) (tracks 1–4, 6–14, 17–18)
Nelson Riddle (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Nelson Riddle (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Nelson Riddle (1959-07-15) (track 16)
engineer:
Val Valentin (tracks 1–18)
lead vocals:
Ella Fitzgerald (1959) (tracks 1–4, 6–14, 17–18)
Ella Fitzgerald (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Ella Fitzgerald (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Ella Fitzgerald (1959-07-15) (track 16)
lyricist:
Ira Gershwin (track 14)
Ira Gershwin (1921) (track 9)
Ira Gershwin (1924) (track 16)
Ira Gershwin (1925) (track 1)
Ira Gershwin (1926) (tracks 6, 6)
Ira Gershwin (1927) (tracks 10–11, 18)
Ira Gershwin (1928) (track 12)
Ira Gershwin (1930) (track 13)
Ira Gershwin (1931) (tracks 4, 15, 15)
Ira Gershwin (1932) (track 3)
Ira Gershwin (1936 – 1937) (track 7)
Ira Gershwin (1937) (tracks 2, 2, 5, 5, 8, 17, 17)
performer:
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1959) (tracks 1–4, 6–14, 17–18)
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1959-07-15) (track 16)
producer:
Norman Granz (tracks 1–18)
vocals:
Ella Fitzgerald (tracks 8, 12, 17)
Ella Fitzgerald (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Ella Fitzgerald (1959-03-18) (track 15)
Ella Fitzgerald (1959-07-15) (track 16)
publisher:
Chappell Music Ltd. (tracks 5, 5)
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) (track 12)
Harms, Inc. (1924) (track 16)
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) (1925) (track 1)
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) (1926) (tracks 6, 6)
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) (1927) (track 18)
New World Music Corp. (1929) (track 11)
New World Music Co. (1930) (track 13)
New World Music Corp. (1931) (tracks 15, 15)
Gershwin Publishing Corp (1937) (tracks 2, 2)
Gershwin Publishing Corp (1938) (tracks 17, 17)
Gershwin Publishing Corp (1946) (tracks 7, 14)
recorded at:
Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (1959-01-05 – 1959-07-17) (track 3)
arrangements:
Clap Yo’ Hands (for piano solo) (tracks 6, 6)
Strike Up the Band (for solo piano) (track 10)
cover recording of:
Bidin' My Time (from Girl Crazy) (1959) (track 13)
Boy Wanted (1959) (track 9)
Clap Yo' Hands (1959) (track 6)
He Loves and She Loves (1959) (track 18)
I Was Doing All Right (1959) (track 17)
I’ve Got a Crush on You (1959) (track 12)
Looking for a Boy (1959) (track 1)
My Cousin in Milwaukee (1959) (track 3)
Somebody From Somewhere (from "Delicious") (1959) (track 4)
Soon (1959) (track 11)
Stiff Upper Lip (1959) (track 8)
Strike Up the Band (1927 Gershwin song) (1959) (track 10)
They All Laughed (1959) (track 2)
A Foggy Day (in London Town) (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Of Thee I Sing (1959-03-18) (track 15)
"The Half of It, Dearie" Blues (1959-07-15) (track 16)
later translated versions:
A Newö heit (tracks 5, 5)
Jour de brouillard (tracks 5, 5)
Um dia de garoa (tracks 5, 5)
orchestrations:
Strike Up the Band! (unknown orchestration of the song) (track 10)
part of:
A Damsel in Distress (1937 film score) (tracks 5, 5, 8)
An American in Paris (2015 Broadway musical) (track 7)
Crazy For You (1992 Musical) (tracks 8, 13)
Delicious (film score) (track 4)
Funny Face (1927 musical) (track 18)
Girl Crazy (1930 Musical) (track 13)
Lady, Be Good (full musical) (track 16)
Of Thee I Sing (1931 musical) (tracks 15, 15)
Pardon My English (track 3)
Shall We Dance (1937 film soundtrack) (tracks 2, 2)
Strike up the Band (1927 Gershwin musical) (tracks 10–11)
The Goldwyn Follies (tracks 17, 17)
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (movie score) (track 7)
Tip-Toes (track 1)
Treasure Girl (1928 musical) (track 12)
recording of:
Clap Yo' Hands (track 6)
They All Laughed (track 2)
A Foggy Day (in London Town) (1959-01-05) (track 5)
Of Thee I Sing (1959-03-18) (track 15)
referred to in medleys:
The Rhythm Series (tracks 6, 6)

Release

ASIN: US: B0000046RN [info]

Release Group

Wikidata: Q7727132 [info]
Wikipedia: en: The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books [info]