ELLA FITZGERALD’S CLASSIC HOLIDAY ALBUM ELLA WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS NEW COLLECTIBLE EDITION OUT NOW
“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
27 OCTOBER 2023 (TORONTO, ON) – Verve Records/Universal Music Canada has released a new collectible edition of Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas, the iconic holiday album from the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. Hailed as "the best holiday album ever" by Salon, this collection of festive tunes—now on ruby red vinyl with a collectible cover—is sure to enchant fans new and old. The special edition’s release is accompanied by a new lyric video for “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Order the album HERE and watch the lyric video HERE.
Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas has been a cherished holiday classic amongst jazz aficionados for more than sixty years, ranking #10 on Rolling Stone's "25 Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time" and #2 on The Guardian's "20 Greatest Christmas Albums.” This stunning collectible edition introduces new spirit to this timeless collection of classics from Ella, and makes for a perfect gift for any fan.
A new visualizer for the track "Good Morning Blues" featuring the collectible color and Ruby Red vinyl variant was previously released. Watch the visualizer HERE.
ABOUT ELLA FITZGERALD
Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she sold more than 40 million albums and received most every honor a performer could dream of winning, including the Kennedy Center Honor (1979), the National Medal of Arts (1987), France's Commander of Arts and Letters (1990), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) and 13 Grammy Awards. In 2007, the United States Postal Service honored Fitzgerald with a postage stamp.
In her six decade long career, the Queen of Jazz recorded more than 200 albums and roughly 2,000 songs, making her the most recorded female – and the second most recorded – performer in history. Among those recordings are works with some of history's greatest musicians and legendary songwriters.
Fitzgerald's distinct style has influenced multiple generations of singers and her work transcends generations and musical genres. She had an extraordinary vocal range and flexibility and possessed a preternatural gift for pitch, rhythmic sense and flawless diction. Immensely versatile, she could sing it all from jazz and bebop to ballads, swing, pop and rock. With an unparalleled ability for mimicry and “scat” singing, Fitzgerald also produced melodic lines that put her in the category of great instrumental improvisers. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless.
Fitzgerald performed her last concert at Carnegie Hall in 1991. She passed away due to complications from Diabetes, dying in her Beverly Hills home on June 15, 1996.
- Jingle Bells
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
- Sleigh Ride
- The Christmas Song
- Good Morning Blues
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
- Winter Wonderland
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Frosty The Snowman
- White Christmas