Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots: Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall


Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall


Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots


The Legendary Decca Recordings (GRP 46482)

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Ella Fitzgerald (vocals),

The Ink Spots (Bill Kenny, Charles Fuqua, Deek Watson, Happy Jones) and unknown accompaniment


Composed by Doris Fisher & Allan Roberts


Recorded: New York, August 30, 1944


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The inspiration of combining the Ink Spots and Ella came from producer Milt Gabler, who had seen these artists headline a tour of the theater circuit. Although they never performed together live, Gabler thought they should, later saying, “We had Bill Kenny do the ballad and Ella swing the jazz version on the same tune. The Ink Spots were a formula presentation…having it straight and a swinging tempo. They weren’t really duet records, they were two choruses different ways, contrast.” Released in November 1944, this record went straight onto the charts and stayed there for 17 weeks, going on to become a million seller. “Ella really tears this one apart,” said Down Beat magazine at the time. “She’s never done anything like it, and her vocal is actually thrilling.” It rescued Ella’s career, which since 1941had been sliding with just one chart success (“Cow Cow Boogie”).

Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson

Related Links

The Legacy of Ella Fitzgerald by Ted Gioia
The Dozens: Twelve Essential Ella Fitzgerald Performances by Stuart Nicholson
”Ella Fitzgerald” by Stuart Nicholson (from The Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians)


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    I love this song so much...thanks to the Bethesda guys i discovered that i like a lot swing and big band music....!!!! Fallout 3 not just is one of the best games i´ve played, but it showed me "new" music....i love ella fitzgerald, billie holliday and louis armstrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!