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Ella and Louis is a studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet,[4] released in October 1956.[5] Having previously collaborated in the late 1940s for the Decca label, this was the first of three albums that Fitzgerald and Armstrong were to record together for Verve Records, later followed by 1957's Ella and Louis Again and 1959's Porgy and Bess.

Ella and Louis
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1956[1][2][3]
RecordedAugust 16, 1956
Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
GenreVocal jazz
ProducerNorman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
Louis Armstrong chronology
The Great Chicago Concert
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The albumEdit

Norman Granz, the founder of the Verve label, selected eleven ballads for Fitzgerald and Armstrong, mainly played in a slow or moderate tempo. They were arranged and conducted by Verve Record's resident arranger/conductor and Head of A&R, Buddy Bregman. Recording began August 16, 1956, at the new, and now iconic, Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Though Granz produced the album, Armstrong was given final say over songs and keys.[4]

The success of Ella and Louis was replicated by Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess. All three were released as The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve.

Verve released the album also as one of the first ones in Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      [6]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [7]

Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong make for a charming team on this CD… This is primarily a vocal set with the emphasis on tasteful renditions of ballads."[6]

Jasen and Jones called the set a "pinnacle of popular singing".[8]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz, compiled by Richard Cook and Brian Morton, awarded the album four stars.

Björk chose the album as one of her favourites in a 1993 Q magazine feature. "I love the way Ella and Louis work together," she remarked. "They were opposites in how they sung, but were still completely functional together, and respectful of each other."

Track listingEdit


Additional personnelEdit

  • Val Valentin - session engineer
  • Phil Stern - photography


  1. ^ "October Album Releases" (PDF). The Cash Box. The Cash Box Publishing Co. Inc., NY. 6 October 1956. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Ella and Louis". The Billboard. The Billboard Publishing Co. 13 October 1956. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Pop Albums Coming Up Strong". The Billboard. The Billboard Publishing Co. 3 November 1956. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Maxwell, Tom (November 2016). "The Story of 'Ella and Louis,' 60 Years Later". Longreads. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  5. ^ "October Album Releases" (PDF). The Cash Box. The Cash Box Publishing Co. Inc., NY. 6 October 1956. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Ella and Louis > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  7. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 78. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  8. ^ Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz, by David A. Jasen and Gene Jones, 272 pages, Routledge Chapman & Hall (September 2001), ISBN 0-415-93641-1, ISBN 978-0-415-93641-5]