Ella Fitzgerald Quotes

[On bebop years] All I did was sing ‘How High the Moon.’ It seemed like the only song I ever sang.


I’ve had some wonderful love affairs and some that didn’t work out. I don’t want to dwell on that and I don’t want to put people down, but I think all the fabulous places I’ve been, the wonderful things that have happened for me, the great people I’ve met – that ought to make a story.


She is amazingly creative, bringing so much more to a song than just a singer. She is a first-class musician and the most gracious person in the world.


It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.


The fabulous places I’ve been, wonderful things that’ve happened, great people I’ve met ought to make a story.


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.


Whatever she does to my songs, she always makes them sound better.


When we were at the Apollo, Holiday was a block away. I asked her for her autograph.


Listen to her voice, don’t look at her.


Sometimes when we’re flying or in the hotel, I might run over songs, or in the bathroom.