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  • Awesome Moments: Ella's Scatting ability was legendary, to the point she often incorporated sung versions of Charlie Parker's "Orinthology" into her performances of "How High The Moon."note 
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    • On one recording of "Summertime" it is quite obvious that Ella is getting fed up with having to sing the song all the time and starts riffing on the lyrics. It's pretty funny and you can hear the audience laughing along with her.
      Ella: They say, "Summertime - the living's easy." What makes it easy? You have to go out and work. So you go out and you do a day's work. It's so warm, it's so hot, and you perspire. Yes, you perspire, and you perspire. And what do you get? Perspiration! But you don't mind it, because it's summertime and the living's easy! So you say, um, "Let's go down and dig the real cool sounds at Mr. Kelly's". You come in Mr. Kelly's and you taste a while. Yes, Daddy, you drink a while, and you drink. Whaddaya get? The check. You don't mind it, 'cause it's summertime, the living's easy! What do you care, your daddy's rich, you got a good-lookin' mother. Imagine everybody with a good-lookin' mother and a rich daddy. Ho ho! Summertime, that's what the song says, the livin's easy! Oh yeah!
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    • Ella's Signature Song was "How High The Moon." A number or recordings have her riffing on the lyrics. At least according to some legends this was a Take That! at another singer (sometimes reported as Sarah Vaughan) who was asked repeatedly throughout a set by a drunken audience member to do the song, but they didn't know the lyrics:
      How high the moon
      is the name of this song
      How high the moon
      Though the words may be wrong
      We're singing it
      Because you ask for it
      So we're swinging it just for you
  • Signature Song: "Summertime" or "How High The Moon". Her performance of the latter from Ella In Berlin was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.
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