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Anita O'Day

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: October 18, 1919 | Died: November 23, 2006    

Anita O'Day

Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O’Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O’Day and in the late 1930’s began singing in a jazz club called the Off-Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band leader and drummer Gene Krupa. In 1941 she joined Krupa’s band, and a few weeks later Krupa hired trumpeter Roy Eldridge. O’Day and Eldridge had great chemistry on stage and their duet Let Me Off Uptown became a million-dollar-seller, boosting the popularity of the Krupa band. Also that year, “Down Beat” magazine named O’Day “New Star of the Year” and, in 1942, she was selected as one of the top five big band singers.

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  • Have A Merry Christmas With Anita O'Day

    Specific Jazz
    2013
  • My Funny Valentine Live 1955-59

    Specific Jazz
    2012
  • Trav'lin' Light

    Specific Jazz
    2012
  • Eight Classic Albums

    Specific Jazz
    2011
  • Anita Sings For Oscar

    Specific Jazz
    2010
  • Anita O'Day Live in Tokyo '63

    Kayo Records
    2008
  • Anita O'Day With Gene Krupa & Stan Kenton (Expanded Edition)

    Specific Jazz
    2008
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