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Moved with mother and mother's boyfriend Joseph Da Silva to Yonkers, New York (date approximate)
Upon mother's death, moved to Harlem (NYC) to live with aunt
Made stage singing debut in amateur contest at the Apollo Theater; won first prize
Hired by Chick Webb to sing with his orchestra
Had first hit recording with "A-Tisket A-Tasket"
Became nominal lead of Chick Webb Band sfter Webb's death
First feature appearance as herself in "Ride 'Em Cowboy" starring Abbott and Costello; sang "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"
Acting debut in a feature "Pete Kelly's Blues"
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Benjamin Kornegay. Shipyard worker. Marriage annulled after two years; Kornegay was a petty thief who had a criminal record.
Ray Brown. Bass player. Married December 1947; divorced 1953.
William Fitzgerald. In common-law marriage with Fitzgerald's mother; separated c. 1918.
Temperance Williams. In common-law marriage with Fitzgerald's father; separated c. 1918; died in 1932.
Ray Brown Jr. Adopted; son of Fitzgerald's half-sister; survived her.
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