First hour: Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation and onetime story editor for Roger Corman, joins Ed for a look at both this year’s nine Best Picture nominations and the Academy Awards broadcast of April 1968—a ceremony that was postponed because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the thirty-fifth anniversary of the final episode of M*A*S*H and the series’ impact on television. Second hour: Ed welcomes Geoffrey Mark, author of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition, a comprehensive biography, discography and videography of the legendary First Lady of Song.
Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Edition is available in hardcover through Ultimate Symbol. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that includes a bonus two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of Ella’s major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. The bonus two-CD set is exclusive to the book and can only be purchased directly at UltimateSymbol.com/ella. Proceeds from the sale of the deluxe edition will be donated to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to further Ella’s desire to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.