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Ella 101: Somebody Loves Me (Day 6 of 101)

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

A fun little recording from early 1959, originally done for the Gershwin Songbook album but dropped, and released later that year on Get Happy! A bright and brassy Nelson Riddle arrangement finds Ella backed by Riddle's orchestra with Paul Smith on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Bill Richmond on drums. This bouncy little tune used to be a standard but nobody seems to do it anymore. I don't think I've ever heard a version of it that didn't make me smile.


Ella 101 is a daily look at 101 essential recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, who was born 101 years ago this month. Tune in to Equinox, Monday nights from 8 - 11 p.m. on WYSO, to hear Ella and more great jazz with host Duante Beddingfield.

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Duante Beddingfield, a Dayton native, formerly served as jazz writer for both the Dayton Daily News and Dayton City Paper, has booked jazz musicians for area venues such as Pacchia, and performs regularly around the region as a jazz vocalist with musical partner Randy Villars.