On July 23, 1957, jazz giants Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong recorded ten songs for their new album from Verve Records, Ella and Louis Again. In one remarkable day, backed up by a stellar band including Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums, Louis and Ella put their individual vocal talents and Louis’ trumpet mastery to work in what must have been a marathon session. Together, they recorded Love is Here to Stay, Learnin’ the Blues, Autumn in New York, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, They All Laughed, Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You?, and Stompin’ At the Savoy. With the same backup band, Ella recorded These Foolish Things, Comes Love, and Ill Wind. Ella was forty that day and reaching the peak of her career at the Verve label, which her agent, Norman Grantz, created around her. Louis was 55, with many records and over thirty films to already to his credit.
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