Early hardship couldn’t muffle Ella Fitzgerald’s joy
KUNC - 04/25/2017
From early on, music was Fitzgerald’s salvation. It was where she lived. She could lose herself in it and go somewhere else, no matter what was happening around her.
Northeastern University music historian Judith Tick imagines the young girl “singing by herself in a corner of a recess schoolyard and looking happy, smiling and laughing.” Tick, who’s writing a Fitzgerald biography, found some schoolteacher’s progress reports on the young singer from ages 7 to 13, which said that Fitzgerald was an excellent student with a good memory.