Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ Comes To Life In New Animated Visual

The new video takes us on a striking visual adventure around the globe with many ‘Easter eggs’ to be found by Ella fans along the way.

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Ella Fitzgerald - Photo: Bettmann / Contributor/Getty Images
Ella Fitzgerald - Photo: Bettmann / Contributor/Getty Images

Verve Records and the creative team at Pixel Park have produced a new animated video for Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic Christmas track “Sleigh Ride.”

The new video takes us on a striking visual adventure around the globe with many “Easter eggs” to be found by Ella fans along the way. The video is taken from a track off of Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, which Verve has reissued as part of their Acoustic Sounds series.

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Fitzgerald spent her career touring all over the world and was beloved by music fans everywhere. The new video “Sleigh Ride” takes that to heart and shows how her influence is still felt today.

A swinging Christmas and a jazzy New Year-that’s what this joyous 1960 Ella LP will bring you. She sings (and swings) “Jingle Bells;” “Sleigh Ride;” “Winter Wonderland;” and more.

Ella puts her singular stamp on everything from a sultry vamp like “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” to the sweet and cozy “The Christmas Song.” Even potentially shop-worn standards like “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” sound fresher when they’re coming from Ella Fitzgerald.

Verve’s Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from the original analog tapes mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QPR. The series is supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, and releases are presented in deluxe gatefold tip-on packaging.

Buy or stream Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas Tracklist:
1. Jingle Bells (Side A)
2. Santa Claus Is Comin To Town (Side A)
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Side A)
4. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? (Side A)
5. Sleigh Ride (Side A)
6. The Christmas Song (Side A)
7. Good Morning Blues (Side B)
8. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Side B)
9. Winter Wonderland (Side B)
10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Side B)
11. Frosty the Snowman (Side B)
12. White Christmas (Side B)

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