Ella Fitzgerald Obit

NPR’s All Things Considered


Ella Fitzgerald adored by Dizzy Gillespie. Photo: William P. Gottlieb

It's quite possible I'm incapable of making dinner for friends unless she's there.

I was on vacation the weekend Ella Fitzgerald died, so I wasn’t in the newsroom. And I was itching to help tell her story. I wrote a piece for All Things Considered which aired the Monday after her death.

Of all the things I’ve ever done on the air, this is the one that has gotten the best reception. I used to get mail about it years after it aired.