Elton John World News: An ELLA Update

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Wednesday 17 August 2005 @ 16:41 - GMT

Eric McCormack, Joss Stone, k.d. lang, LeAnn Rimes, Lulu, Ruth Brown and Smokey Robinson will be among the performers at the Society of Singers' (SOS) presentation of the 14th annual ELLA Award to Elton at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 10, 2005. Tickets are priced at $600, $900, $1,250 and $2,500, with all proceeds to benefit the non-profit Society of Singers.

Barry Manilow, the recipient of the 12th annual Ella in 2003, will present the award and perform, as will Elton himself. All of the entertainers will choose songs originally made famous by the Rocket Man. Elizabeth Taylor and Merck Mercuriadis, president of Sanctuary Management, are the event's Honorary Co-Chairs, while the Benefit Co-Chairs are Bernie Taupin; Zach Horowitz, president and COO of the Universal Music Group; and Society of Singers president and CEO Jerry F. Sharell.

Named after its first recipient, Ella Fitzgerald, the honour is given to vocalists whose significant musical accomplishments are equaled by their dedication to charitable and humanitarian causes, both local and international. Previous recipients of the award, besides Ms. Fitzgerald herself, include Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Placido Domingo, and Celine Dion.

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