It was on this day in 1934 that Ella Fitzgerald headed to the Apollo Theatre in New York for Amateur Night. It was a weekly event that had only been started earlier that year and to get onto stage, your name had to be drawn from a hat. Ella was just 15 and had gone on a bet with two friends. She had intended to dance, but the act preceding her was a dance duo; she didn’t think her dancing would measure up, so on the spot she decided to sing instead. She sang “The Object of My Affection” and brought the house down.
Within a year she joined Chick Webb’s band with whom she scored her first big hit “A Tisket A Tasket”. The rest is jazz history.
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