Anita O'Day
Anita O'Day
Anita O'Day was an American jazz singer. Born Anita Belle Colton, O'Day was admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances shattered the traditional image of the "girl singer". Refusing to pander to any female stereotype, O'Day presented herself as a "hip" jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening gown. She changed her surname from Colton to O'Day, pig Latin for "dough," slang for money.
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Ask 411 Music 8.25.11: Declining Woodstock - 411mania.com
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Since then it has been covered a lot by many famous singers including ELLA FITZGERALD, ANITA O'DAY, JERRY LEE LEWIS, NANCY SINATRA, RAY CHARLES, THE BEATLES and even MEL BROOKS. The version the Globetrotters use as their theme song is and instrumental
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To the beat of her own drum - The Desert Sun
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It was visited by actresses, producers and singers such as Anita O'Day — and repeatedly by the vice squad to enforce anti-gay laws, she added. It was a heady time for Hannan professionally, but those years were “awful” for lesbians, she said
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Music review: Jazz On a Summer's Day: A Tribute to Anita O'Day - Edinburgh Festivals
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The gloves came off after the first number - white silk ones, that is, a trademark of the late Anita O'Day, but Melanie O'Reilly's tribute to the singer who revolutionised the image of the girl jazz vocalist remained true,
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Jim Marentec Benefit at the Artists' Quarter - Jazz Police (blog)
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He served as Music director and on the European tour for Anita O'Day. James Marentic was producer, composer, arranger, and played the sax and flute on his acclaimed album “Nimbus”. He recieved National Endowment for the Arts/composition grants in 1978,
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Newcastle singer set for Lancaster pubs - Lancaster Today
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He has two albums out – Why Sing Goodbye Songs and Talking to a Stranger – with song titles like Yuri Gagarin's Banjo, Love is Something You Get Conned Into, and Anita O'Day's Hat. Catch him from 8pm at both venues, with free admission
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The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 8/9/11: Biracial Spiderman, Tina Brown, and ... - WBEZ (blog)
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10, 2011 Learn why Christopher opens the show every week with Anita O'Day singing "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine." In more topical news, Jack Tamburri explains exactly how Spiderman became biracial. From the archives, Will Nedved takes a bite at Tina
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Mixtape | 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' - Providence Eyewitness News
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Mixed with mind-blowing musical performances like Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day and the rest of the line-up, this piece of film becomes a work of art. Originally a portrait and fashion photographer, Bert Stern's eye for lighting and frame mixed with
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Web Favorite Climbs The Rankings With New Look - Music Indistry News Network
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Another SRI Original, “Great Ladies of Jazz” gives a sampling of the best female jazz vocalists of all time including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, Lena Horne and many more. Additionally SRI Jazz and SRI Records presents
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Beyond Category: Maud Hixson and Lucia Newell Sing Ellington and Strayhorn ... - Jazz Police (blog)
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In the past year, Lucia paid tribute to singers she describes as her “music mentors,” the late Betty Carter and Anita O'Day. Growing up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Maud Hixson “always enjoyed singing… listening to everything around me and making up
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Musical Fireworks For Independence Day in Connecticut - Hartford Courant
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Female vocalist Bobbie Ruth recreates the style of Peggy Lee, Eydie Gorme and Anita O'Day, while male vocalist Jerry Costanzo brings to life the sounds of Louis Prima, Bobby Darin andDean Martin. On Sunday afternoon the St. Petersburg String Quartet
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Festival de jazz de Montréal : Diana Krall dans le rétro - Télérama.fr
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Mais sans sucreries excessives, car elle commence par une chanson avec des paroles à double-entente, Peel me a grape, dont Blossom Dearie et Anita O'Day avaient accentué les métaphores sexuelles plus que fruitières. Suivent ses succès de reprises de
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Rickie Lee Jones drops by School Night at Bardot in Hollywood - Los Angeles Times (blog)
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... and after her quick solo set she said backstage that it was the culmination of a long-brewing desire to collaborate with filmmaker Ian McCrudden, director of the Grammy-nominated 2009 documentary “Anita O'Day -- The Life of a Jazz Singer
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Influential jazz pianist Neil Bridge hits Dazzle stage - Denver Post
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(Karl Gehring, Denver Post file ) As a pianist, Neil Bridge supported some of the icons of jazz: Mel Torme, Anita O'Day, Sonny Stitt and Johnny Smith all looked to him for some Denver-based inspiration going back more than 50 years
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July 4 Will Swing on Music Mountain - Litchfield County Times
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Female vocalist Bobbie Ruth recreates the “gal-vocal” style of such legendary singers as Peggy Lee, Eydie Gorme, and Anita O'Day, while male vocalist Jerry Costanzo channels the crooners of the past—Louis Prima, Bobby Darin and Dean Martin
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Cleo Laine sings songs in the key of life - Herald Scotland
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I was fond of these singers, as well as Anita O'Day and some others who were singing jazz and were different to the Doris Day types my friends liked.” When she began auditioning to be a singer with the big bands in London, this went against her
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Northern Exposure (NXNE): Samantha Savage Smith, 'The Fight' -- Free MP3 - Spinner
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And it's easy to see why -- drawing on a smart mix of influences ranging from classic chanteuses like Billie Holiday and Anita O'Day to present-day songsmiths like St. Vincent and the Black Keys, Smith's own sound nimbly covers a wide stylistic ground,
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Jazz at the Plaza Plays The Plaza Hotel's Rose Club - Broadway World
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Beatrice Williams-Rude "Kat reminds me of Anita O'Day - the kind of vocalist who has her eyes open and yet remains exquisitely relaxed in her lyric and the way in which she sings. She does these amazing things, while smiling, showing off her amazing
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Aretha Franklin's First 12 Sides - Stuff.co.nz (blog)
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But at 18 she has the sass on It Ain't Necessarily So of Anita O'Day. She has the range and expression of Billie Holiday on All Night Long. And on several of the tracks her vocals recall Dinah Washington. This is not to say she's aping their vocal
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anita O'Day
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 86
    In November 2006, Robbie Cavolina (her last manager) entered her into a West Hollywood convalescent hospital, while she recovered from pneumonia.
    More Details Hide Details Two days before her death, she had demanded to be released from the hospital.
  • 2005
    Age 85
    In 2005, her version of the standard "Sing, Sing, Sing" was remixed by RSL and was included in the compilation album Verve Remixed 3.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she released Indestructible!, her first album in 13 years. One of her best-known late-career audio performances is "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", which opens the film Shortbus (2006) by John Cameron Mitchell. A feature-length documentary, Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, directed by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 30, 2007.
  • 1981
    Age 61
    O'Day spoke candidly about her drug addiction in her 1981 memoir High Times, Hard Times, which led to a string of TV appearances on 60 Minutes, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Today Show with Bryant Gumbel, The Dick Cavett Show, Over Easy with Hugh Downs, The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder, and several others.
    More Details Hide Details She toured Europe, and also performed a 50th Anniversary Concert (1985) at Carnegie Hall which resulted in the (2010) release of Anita O'Day – Big Band at Carnegie Hall (Emily Productions). O'Day also headlined New York's JVC Jazz Festival.
  • 1980
    Age 60
    In November 1980 she was a headliner along with Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton and Ramsey Lewis during the opening two-week ceremony performances celebrating the short-lived resurgence of the Blue Note Lounge at the Marriott O'Hare Hotel near Chicago.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 50
    After kicking the habit, she made a comeback at the 1970 Berlin Jazz Festival.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in the films Zigzag a.k.a. False Witness with George Kennedy (1970) and The Outfit (1974) with Robert Duvall. She resumed making live and studio albums under the new management of Alan Eichler, many recorded in Japan, and several were released on Emily Records, owned by Anita O'Day and John Poole. Since then, Emily Records has changed its name to Emily Productions, now owned by Elaine Poole, and they are currently restoring Anita's live and studio archives from the Emily years.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 39
    The following year, O'Day made a cameo appearance in The Gene Krupa Story, singing "Memories of You". Late in 1959, she toured Europe with Benny Goodman to great personal acclaim.
    More Details Hide Details O'Day wrote in her 1981 autobiography that when Goodman's attempts to upstage her failed to diminish the audience's enthusiasm, he cut all but two of her numbers from the show. O'Day went back to touring as a solo artist and appeared on such TV specials as the Timex All-Star Jazz Show and The Swingin' Years hosted by Ronald Reagan. She recorded infrequently after the expiration of her Verve contract in 1962 and her career seemed over when she nearly died of a heroin overdose in 1968. During this time her working trio included Chicagoan George Finley on drums, father of noted performance artist Karen Finley.
  • 1958
    Age 38
    As a live performer O'Day also began performing in festivals and concerts with such musicians as Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Dinah Washington, George Shearing, Cal Tjader and Thelonious Monk. She appeared in the documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day, filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, which increased her popularity.
    More Details Hide Details She admitted later that she was probably high on heroin during the concert. She also said that it was the best day of her life in that hers was the star performance of the festival and she made the cover of national magazines for it.
  • 1954
    Age 34
    Soon after her release from jail on February 25, 1954, she began work on her second album, Songs by Anita O'Day (reissued as An Evening with Anita O'Day).
    More Details Hide Details She recorded steadily throughout the 1950s, accompanied by small combos and big bands. In person, O'Day was generally backed by a trio which included John Poole, the drummer with whom she would work for the next 40 years.
  • 1953
    Age 33
    In February 1953, O'Day was in court again for a marijuana charge, this time for smoking a joint while riding in a car.
    More Details Hide Details The case was dismissed by a jury for lack of evidence, but while awaiting her trial O'Day was introduced to sniffing heroin by a character named Harry the Hipster. She'd switched to booze instead of pot after her second bust, and her first thought on feeling the heroin rush was, "Oh good, now I don't have to drink." Within a month, she was framed for a heroin bust and facing six years.
  • 1952
    Age 32
    Her first album Anita O'Day Sings Jazz (reissued as The Lady Is a Tramp) was recorded in 1952 for the newly established Norgran Records (it was also the label's first LP).
    More Details Hide Details The album was a critical success and further boosted her popularity.
    What secured O'Day's place in the jazz pantheon, however, were the 17 albums she recorded for Norman Granz's Norgran and Verve labels between 1952 and 1962.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 28
    After her jail stint, O'Day performed with Woody Herman's Herd and the Stan Kenton Artistry In Rhythm Orchestra. Her career was back on the upswing in September 1948 when she sang with Count Basie at the Royal Roost in New York City, resulting in five airchecks.
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  • 1946
    Age 26
    After leaving Krupa late in 1946, O'Day once again became a solo artist.
    More Details Hide Details During the late 1940s, she recorded two dozen sides, mostly for small labels. The quality of these singles varies: O'Day was trying to achieve popular success without sacrificing her identity as a jazz singer. Among the more notable recordings from this period are "Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip", "Key Largo", "How High the Moon", and "Malaguena". While living with husband Carl Hoff in Los Angeles and in March 1947, two undercover policemen came to their home during a party at which Dizzy Gillespie was playing from the branches of a tree in their front yard. They found a small bag of marijuana, for which Anita and Carl were arrested. On August 11 Judge Harold B. Landreth found them guilty and handed down ninety-day sentences.
  • 1945
    Age 25
    In 1945 she rejoined Krupa's band and stayed almost a year.
    More Details Hide Details The reunion yielded only 10 sides.
  • 1944
    Age 24
    Despite her initial misgivings about the compatibility of their musical styles, she joined Stan Kenton's band in April 1944.
    More Details Hide Details During her 11 months with Kenton, O'Day recorded 21 sides, both transcription and commercial, and appeared in a Universal Pictures short Artistry in Rhythm (1944). And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine (1944) became a huge seller and put Kenton's band on the map. She also appeared in one soundie with Kenton, performing "I'm Going Mad for a Pad" and "Tabby the Cat". O'Day later said, "My time with Stanley helped nurture and cultivate my innate sense of chord structure."
  • 1943
    Age 23
    When Krupa's band broke up after he was arrested for possession of cannabis in 1943, O'Day joined Woody Herman for a month-long gig at the Hollywood Palladium, followed by two weeks at the Orpheum.
    More Details Hide Details Unwilling to tour with another big band, she left Herman after the Orpheum engagement and finished out the year as a solo artist.
  • 1942
    Age 22
    O'Day married golf pro and jazz fan Carl Hoff in 1942.
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    In 1942 she appeared with the Krupa band in two "soundies" (short musical films originally made for jukeboxes), singing "Thanks for the Boogie Ride" and "Let Me Off Uptown".
    More Details Hide Details The same year Down Beat magazine readers voted her into the top five big band singers. O'Day came in fourth, with Helen O'Connell first, Helen Forrest second, Billie Holiday third, and Dinah Shore fifth.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 19
    While performing at the Off Beat, she met Gene Krupa, who promised to call her if Irene Daye, then his vocalist, ever left his band, and in 1939, O'Day was hired as vocalist for Miller's Quartet, which had a stay at the Three Deuces club in Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details The call from Krupa came in early 1941. Of the 34 sides she recorded with Krupa, it was "Let Me Off Uptown", a novelty duet with Roy Eldridge, that became her first big hit. That same year, Down Beat named O'Day "New Star of the Year".
  • 1938
    Age 18
    Her first big break came in 1938 when Down Beat editor Carl Cons hired her to work at his new club at 222 North State Street, the Off-Beat, which became a popular hangout for musicians.
    More Details Hide Details Also performing at the Off-Beat was the Max Miller Quartet, which backed O'Day for the first ten days of her stay there.
  • 1937
    Age 17
    At the Vialago, O'Day met the drummer Don Carter, who introduced her to music theory; they wed in 1937.
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  • 1936
    Age 16
    In 1936, she left the endurance contests, determined to become a professional singer.
    More Details Hide Details She started out as a chorus girl in such Uptown venues as the Celebrity Club and the Vanity Fair, then found work as a singer and waitress at the Ball of Fire, the Vialago, and the Planet Mars.
  • 1934
    Age 14
    In 1934, she began touring the Midwest as a marathon dance contestant and singing "The Lady in Red" for tips.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Born
    Born on October 18, 1919.
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