Songs from what came to be known as the Great American Songbook, have been part of jazz perhaps since The Original Dixieland Jazz Band began recording Irving Berlin compositions. In the 1940s, singer Lee Wiley recorded several collections of 78s, known as "albums"a name that stuck into the LP era, focused on the work of individual composers like George Gershwin or Cole Porter. With the advent of the Long Playing record, the idea of recording whole LPs dedicated to the work of a specific songwriter or songwriting team took off, initiated by Ella Fitzgerald.
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Ella Fitzgerald with Ellis Larkins "Someone to Watch Over Me" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian) 2:57
Ella Fitzgerald With Buddy Bregman's Orchestra "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" from Sings Cole Porter (Verve) 6:11
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Ella Fitzgerald -Louis Armstrong with The Russell Garcia Orchestra. "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" from Porgy and Bess (Verve) 10:53
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