Michael Jackson did, James Brown did, Lauryn Hill and Jimi Hendrix did, and so did the Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Prince. And, earlier than all of them, on Nov. 21, 1934, at 17 years outdated, Ella Fitzgerald made her technique to the Novice Evening on the Apollo stage.

Like so many others debuting at Novice Evening on the Apollo, Fitzgerald walked out into the highlight and launched her profession as a megastar. 

The “First Girl of Music,” Fitzgerald was a jazz singer with exceptional vocal skills. She loved a profession in present enterprise that lasted over half a century. In her lifetime, she produced over 70 albums.