Friday, November 24, 2006

Anita O'Day (1919-2006)

“I’d decided O’Day was groovy because in pig Latin it meant dough, which was what I hoped to make.”
Anita O'Day died yesterday in Los Angeles.

Anita O’Day, 87, Hard-Living Star of the Big-Band Era and Beyond, Dies (New York Times, registration required)

Anita O'Day (the official website)

Here are two clips of Anita O'Day from Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), Aram Avakian and Bert Stern's film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. The sound for the first clip is alas distorted:

"Sweet Georgia Brown"
"Tea for Two"

comments: 1

Dr. Lisa said...

I wrote a really bad paper on her autobiography when I was in undergrad. I am sad she's gone.