Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of Ella’s biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, Ella tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
A selection of work from the group show “Skull & Sword” currently on display at FFDG in San Francisco, California. Skull & Sword is the world famous tattoo shop and this show is a collection of work by Skull & Sword tattooers Grime, Henry Lewis, Lango and Yutaro. In 2009 I took a trip to San Francisco and had a chance to go to Skull & Sword. Thanks to the art on the walls and the artists there I was inspired to devote this blog completely to art. So, thanks Skull & Sword!