Ella Fitzgerald, One Note Samba, 1969

A friend asked me to recommend an Ella Fitzgerald recording to play at her wedding. That’s a bit of a trick question, as anything sung by Ella, even the inappropriate lyrics, will somehow magically work in that situation. I settled on her version of Johnny Mercer’s “Too Marvelous for Words,” with its excellent Webster’s Dictionary shout-out, but here’s a live performance by Ella that’s very literally too marvelous for words.

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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