Ella met Ray Brown in 1946, not knowing she would marry him a year later. Ray Brown was a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s big band. He was also a bassist player. Ella and Ray married in 1947 but divorced six years later. A couple of months after her divorce, she became acquainted with Norman Granz. At the time Norman was a big time promoter/producer. He was responsible for a number of jazz concert series which was held at the philharmonic. He tired signing Ella plenty of times with his recording company “Verve Records” but she was always reluctant. Finally, in 1955 she accepted him as her manager when he convinced her that she was capable of more than just bebop. Granz and Ella produced several multi-album recordings while she was at Verve records. To be precise Ella produced multi-album recording because she was one who was doing all the singing. Although Granz contributed his contribution... [continues]
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