Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ella Fitzgerald

Here is a beautiful vocal performance by Ella Fitzgerald, from 1950, singing “Someone To Watch Over Me.” She is accompanied by the noted pianist Ellis Larkins.

An on-line discography notes that the record was made in September of that year. Three months later, in December of 1950, Fitzgerald appeared as a guest star on Kay Kyser’s television show, on NBC. She sang the song, "Orange Colored Sky," a hit record that fall for Nat King Cole.

The co-writer of "Orange Colored Sky," as noted in a previous blog entry, was Milton DeLugg. DeLugg, in 1950 and 1951, was the bandleader on the NBC late-night television show Broadway Open House.