(blogged by Howie Klein who's back with a vengeance) I'm not sure how many musicians are on U.S. postage stamps but add Ella Fitzgerald this month. "The First Lady of Song" will be immortalized as part of the Post Office's Black Heritage series. Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, began an incredibly successful career as a big band singer in the '30s and '40s. Since then she has been considered one of the greatest jazz, bebop and scat singers of all times and she won 13 Grammy Awards in her lifetime. Here she is doing a classic performance of "Summertime" with Louis Armstrong (who also has a stamp).
For tonight's Late Night Music Club contest SONY sent Crooks & Liars an incredible deluxe box set, INTERSECTIONS, 1985-2005 by Bruce Hornsby, a 5 disc set (4 CDs + a DVD, including collaborations with the Dead, Ornette Coleman, Ricky Scaggs, Shawn Colvin, Bill Evans). How to win: imagine you're a radio dj and you have to do a set of 5 Ella Fitzgerald songs. Send an e-mail to Howie and explain which songs you'd chose and why. Send the entry to downwithtyranny at aol.com