ELLA FITZGERALD. (Posted by: Fernando Rosa)

BORN: April 25, 1918, in Newport News, Virgínia
SPOUSE: Bernie kornegay (1941-19439)
Ray Brown (1948-1952)
CHILDREN: Raymond, Jr. (adapted)
DIED: June 15, 1996, in Beverly Hills, California

Ella Fitzgeraçd. Known as “the First Lady of Song”, was born in  Virgínia. Her parents separated when she was one, and she moved to Yonkers, New York, with her mother. Ella and her younger sister, Frances, loved to dance. They would dance around their apartment while their mother sang along to records. Ella also joined the glee club at school.

In her early teens, Ella discovered the bustling African American neighborhood of Harlem, which was just a trolley car and a subway ride away. She went to the savoy ballroom and learned the latest dances, bringing them back to Yonkers and dancing on street corners for spare change.

Ella was sixteen, tall, and shy when her friends dared her to enter a talent contest at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater. She planned to dance, but Ella was so nervous when she hit the stage that she couldn’t move her feet. She had to do something, so she sang instead. Her voice was shaky at first, but it grew stronger. Ella ended up winning first prize!


 Ella made scat singing popular, which is singing nonsense syllables like "skee-ba doobie-do-wah" to imitate musical instruments. It went along with a new kind of jazz music-bebop.


When Ella went on tour, her manager insisted that she and the other black musicians be treated the same as whites, even when they traveled in the south. Once in Texas the police went backstage to give the black perfarmers a hard time. When they saw band members gambling in Ella's dressing room, they arrested everyone, including Ella. Then they had the nerve to ask Ella for an autograph in jail!


She kept winning talents shows, and soon she was the lead singer for a jazz band performing at the Savoy Ballroom. Ella was a hit! her fans especially loved it when she left the stage and danced with the audience. She sang with lots of famous bands and recorded many albums. 

Among her numerous honors are thirteen Grammy awards, over 40 million albums sold, and the National Medal of Arts given to her by President Ronald Reagan.

Manuela Luzano Rodrigues. (Posted by: Fernando Rosa)


1- I was born on September, 3, nineteen forty-eight.
2- I was the first of five children, three girls and two boys.
3- I got my first job when I was twenty years old, in the Meteorological Institute, in Lisbon.
4- I got married in nineteen seventy-one, and I also got a new job, in a bank.
5- We had two children, a girl and a boy.
6- I’m retired now, since two thousand and eight.

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Our Forever Young

Why a Blog in English? And why “Forever Young”?

For some of us, this has been a journey that started in October 2010.

We are not experts yet, but it’s time to start writing and expressing in a more free way. A blog, a collective blog is a good way to share our opinions, ideas, poems, memories, impressions, desires… Text books, extra worksheets are important but they are already made and it’s good to produce our own texts.

Yes, we are here because “we never say never”. We do not agree with that Portuguese saying “burro velho não aprende línguas”. We are still young and ready to remember distant learning and ready to learn new things. It’s so good for our brain because it forces it to work! And when we go abroad it’s good to see that we can communicate in a different language.

Learning is an important goal in our lives. We believe that “it’s so hard to get old without a cause”.

Let’s face this challenge and in the end we’ll be happy with the result.

Forever Young

Let's dance in style, let’s dance for a while
Heaven can wait we're only watching the skies
Hoping for the best but expecting the worst
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?

Let us die young or let us live forever
We don't have the power but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music's for the sad men

Can you imagine when this race is won
Turn our golden faces into the sun
Praising our leaders we're getting in tune
The music's played by the madmen

Forever young, I want to be forever young
do you really want to live forever? forever or never
Forever young, I want to be forever young
do you really want to live forever? Forever young

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later they all will be gone
why don't they stay young

It's so hard to get old without a cause
I don't want to perish like a fading horse
Youth like diamonds in the sun
and diamonds are forever

So many adventures couldn't happen today
So many songs we forgot to play
So many dreams swinging out of the blue
We let them come true

Forever young, I want to be forever young
do you really want to live forever? forever, or never
Forever young, I want to be forever young
do you really want to live forever? forever, or never

Forever young, I want to be forever young
do you really want to live forever?

Alphaville - Forever Young