'Happy birthday to the queen of jazz' - Twitter celebrates the life of Ella Fitzgerald

'Happy birthday to the queen of jazz' - Twitter celebrates the life of Ella Fitzgerald

Today would have been Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Today would have been Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday, and many have been celebrating the life of "the first lady of song."

In 1934 she won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and was then brought to the attention of legendary drummer Chick Webb, a titan of the big band era.

Eventually she started recording with Webb's orchestra and by 1937 more than half of the group's pieces featured her as a singer.

When Webb died in 1939, aged just 34, Fitzgerald then took over and fronted the orchestra, until going solo in 1941.

Her music made her a household name and during the 1970s she was still going strong, regularly showcasing jazz venues into her 50s.

Fitzgerald died in 1996 but remains a legend 20 years on, and many have been remembering her life and sharing the joy of her music on Twitter.

Take a look at the reaction below.