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Straight No Chaser - A Jazz Show

Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

Ellas Gets The "Ringo Beat"

Feb 9, 2014

Did you know that 50 years ago tonight a group called The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and sort of changed the history of the world?

Yeah, I thought you might have.

But leave it to me to give this event a jazz twist.

The whole worlde seemed to rush into the record studios to record Beatles songs in 1964, but leave it to Ella Fitzgerald to write and record "Ringo Beat", a name check of famous drummers that gives Richard Starkey his due. Arranged by Barney Kessell, it was recored by May 23, 1964 for Verve, about the same time that Ms. Fitzgerald was preparing to work on The Johnny Mercer Songbook .For those interest in such things, the flip side was "I'm Fallin' In Love."

Just a month earlier, on April 7, 1964, Ella was in London, and recorded her version of "Can't Buy Me Love" with the Johnnie Spence Orchestra, also for Verve.That track appeared on The First Lady of Song LP.

Ella would eventually record an entire album of Beatles' tunes on Glass Onion: Songs of the Beatles, which would include "Got to get You Into My Life" and "Savoy Truffle", among others. You can see and hear Ella sing "Hey Jude" at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1969.