Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball
Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe listening to jazz at Hollywood’s Tiffany Club (1955) 
"I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt. It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo [ed. note: who had refused to book Fitzgerald because she was black], and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night.
She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard… After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe listening to jazz at Hollywood’s Tiffany Club (1955) 

"I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt. It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo [ed. note: who had refused to book Fitzgerald because she was black], and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night.

She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard… After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

Ella Fitzgerald- Let it Snow

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan - Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Ella Fitzgerald -You’re the Top (written by Cole Porter)

Ella Fitzgerald - Round Midnight (live)

Ella Fitzgerald - Too Darn Hot (via Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook)

Ella Fitzgerald - My Funny Valentine

Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington - Mack the Knife (live)

Ella FitzgeraldSleigh Ride 

Ella Fitzgerald - What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?