Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Happy 100th birthday, Ella

Tuesday would have been legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday. New York City declared Tuesday Ella Fitzgerald Day, and the Smithsonian has opened a special exhibit.

In Los Angeles, the Grammy Museum is putting rare Fitzgerald memorabilia on display.

The museum's "Ella at 100" exhibition includes the first Grammy Award that Fitzgerald won the first awarded to an African-American woman as well as some of her gowns, sheet music and personal telegrams. It also features concert footage.

Fitzgerald died in 1996 at 79 from diabetes complications and left few possessions beyond personal notes, but the exhibit puts a focus on what made Fitzgerald a star her voice.

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