Google often gets grief over the events and people it chooses to honor. Much of this criticism is justified. But sometimes Google gets one right, as it did today, when it honored Ella Fitzgerald. Here is Ella Fitzgerald's version of Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine, recorded in 1956. Popular music does not get any better than this--the finest vocal rendition of one of the finest songs written by an American. (Of course, Artie Shaw's instrumental version is terrific, too, in addition to having the distinction of being one of Taki's favorite songs).
Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.