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Ella Fitzgerald

Delicious Duets for Sunday Breakfast

by John Platt

It takes two to tango - and to make a duet. On this week's Sunday Breakfast I'll be featuring nearly two dozen duets from the likes of Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, and Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald - many of them requests from faithful listeners.

Out in the Cold Again

by Rich Conaty

I wonder sometimes about the relationships behind the records I play. Tonight there are birthday salutes to Ella Fitzgerald, clarinetist Jimmie Noone and composer & pianist Rube Bloom. Ella started with the Chick Webb Orchestra, and the band gave Fitzgerald her signature hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." When Webb passed in 1939, Ella fronted the band for a few years before going solo. Jimmie Noone was based at Chicago's Apex Club beginning in 1926. The personnel for his small band was comparatively stable, which suggests he treated his sidemen well...and had steady gigs.