"We just finished singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New York Philharmonic. It’s the only symphony with a chorus."
“Can you describe the Ninth Symphony in words?”
“It’s the epitome of humankind. In a music sense.”
I never get tired of this photo.
Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of Ella’s biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, Ella tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
ALWAYS REBLOGGING THIS.
My designer sunglasses are shatterproof, my purse is a ziplock bag, and my expensive pair of shoes are filthy and attach to a pair of pedals.
—my cycling friend Sydney… (via jennlevo)