If you were curious about the basis for Thursday’s Google Doodle, look no farther than the Queen of Jazz. April 25 would have been Ella Fitzgerald‘s 96th birthday if she had not passed away in 1996.
During her lengthy career, Fitzgerlad became one of the world’s most renowned jazz singers. Her career stretched over 59 year, she won a total of 13 Grammys and she even was awarded a National Medial of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Fitzgerald’s life is now a part of America’s history, as archival material from her career is housed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and some of her personal music arrangements have a home at the Library of Congress. A music festival was even created for her in Fitzgerald’s birth city of Newport News, Va. It’s nice to see that Fitzgerald’s legacy continues to live on, even if it’s in such a simple way as a Google Doodle.