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Anita O'Day: 1958

Anita O'Day: 1958

        Who needs
        Cadillacs
        Mink coats
        The income tax?

        So we're squares
        Who cares?
        Baby -- I'm with you!

New York, 1958. "Singer Anita O'Day, half-length portrait, facing front." 8x10 gelatin silver print, CBS Television Network Photo Division. View full size.

 

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The Amazing Anita O'Day

Newport festival perhaps her most famous arrangement of Sweet Georgia Brown. She tells a good story about arriving in town, finding the hat and then the boa, which she wrapped onto the brim. She said she was high on drugs, and did not remember much about the performance. There was an interview in her later years where she was asked "why this" and "why that" and "if only", and Miss O'Day just looked at him incredulously and said "well, that's just the way it went down." In the vernacular of the day "what a Dame!!" Thanks for the great songs, Miss O'Day.

The One and Only Colton

Shown here in the same year as her remarkable Newport Jazz Festival performance, as immortalized in the movie Jazz On A Summer's Day.

Pick Yourself Up (Verve, 1956)

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