Stella Castellucci tells the story of her life in Diving Deep for Sea Shells, her new memoir co-authored by Edgar Amaya. Born in Los Angeles in 1930 to musician father Louis Castellucci, Stella went on to continue and further his legacy. She joined Peggy Lee’s touring jazz group in 1953. They formed a close friendship and went on to collaborate on the 1958 Decca release Sea Shells. Stella also appeared on the albums Songs in an Intimate Style (Decca, 1954); Black Coffee (Decca, 1956); Dream Street (Decca, 1957); The Man I Love (Capitol, 1957); Jump for Joy(Capitol, 1958); Pretty Eyes (Capitol, 1960); and Christmas Carousel (Capitol, 1960).
Diving Deep for Sea Shells tells the story behind the making of these and other classic recordings, including the Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong album Porgy & Bess. The book was created through email exchanges, phone conversations and visits between Stella and Edgar Amaya. It can be purchased through Balboa Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. It is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook.