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Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) Jazz Singer - Early Scat Performer. Born in VA and moved to Yonkers, NY after her father died. Wanted to be a dancer but as a fluke sang at the Apollo Theater Amateur Hour one evening and the rest is history.