Singers: She Who Is Ella

"Ella," says her manager offhandedly, "Drake Brown is in the audience tonight."

"Who?"

"Drake Brown. You mean you've never seen his picture in the papers?"

Ella Fitzgerald tenses fearfully when she hears this. The most popular jazz singer in the world for 27 years and only now reaching the peak of her career, she remains a celebrity fan nonpareil. So out on the stage she goes and sings her heart out to impress Drake Brown. It is unimportant that Drake Brown does not exist. In jazz the end justifies the means.

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