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Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald

Broadcast: March 6, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Billie Holiday began recording at 18 years old in 1933 in a session with Bennie Goodman and was musically active until her death at 44 in 1959.

Ella Fitzgerald also began recording at 18 (in 1935 as the singer with Chick Webb), but in her case, her career surged again in the mid-1950’s with the songbook series on Verve.

They are perhaps the two most important female singers to come out of the Swing Era.

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