Happy Birthday, Anita! I'm still here and thinking of you. Loving your music every day.
I just watched a tv program on Anita this week. I was really moved by her improvisational abilities, her beauty and her pizzazz while on stage. Her love for music moved me, and made me want to pass this onto my children, and to continue in my musical journey.
As a VERY young trombonist I was taken into a whole new world of expression. I'm 73 years old and met you when I was 16. My world has been infinitely more wonderful since. I'm now a disabled ARMY vet and I live alone except when I listen to your sweet voice. I've loved you all my life. Rest in peace my sweet-sweet love!
It's been seven years and I remember the phone call telling me of your death as if it were yesterday. The sadness lingers on, but your music still brings great comfort. Gonna' spend the day watching all the videos I have of you.
Happy birthday! I'll never forget you and the joy your music is still bringing to my life.
Anita's music continues to be an inspiration to young artists. Her music is so much a part of who I am as a young musician that I will be performing a tribute concert for Anita in her honor with historical representations of her arrangements for the completion of my graduate degree in vocal jazz studies. I want to share her amazing music and life stories with others so that her legacy may continue on forever.
Your music is still bringing joy to my life. Love you
Happy birthday, dear Anita!
Hope they make a feature film movie about her life, maybe starring diane krall costello and directed by clint eastwood. rip....wonderful jazz musician.
Anita is incredibly special, there is only one. I'd never heard of her until Sept 2010 when on youtube I happened on her performance in the "Summer's Day" movie. I haven't been the same since that day.
I watched the movie about her, then read her book, they are both wonderful.
Anita and all her songs make me so happy, I listen to her every day. She brought me out of my depression and I'll always owe her so much, maybe my life.
She is an angel who will always be remembered. I want more people to keep discovering her and how special she is!
Five years and I'll never forget you, Anita. Your music lingers on. Love you .....
Happy Birthday, Anita. You're still the best. And thanks to the documentary more and more people are discovering you.
I have just watched the documentary and it is a superb picture of a dedicated singer--the voice, phraseology, pauses, are not just professionalism at it best, but comes out of her life. I purchased High Time, Hard Times and have found it so brutally honest--what a being gifted by the hand of Creator and tough trials. I hope I can find all the albums and play them in the car and den. Charles Williams
My Mother and Father were the same age as Anita. I didn't apprecite Swing and the 30's-40's Jazz music until later in my life. When I discovered Anita I fell in love with her voice and music. Better late than never. I wish I knew then what I know now and I would have made every attempt to see her in person. What a joy to hear the old records by the true greats. My parents were very fortunate to have seen her in her prime.
It is so good to read the warm tributes to Anita the real life person.
I want to share an anecdote about Anita the artist.
The most hard core jazz afficianado I ever knew, who happened to be black, considered Anita O'Day to be one of the two greatest jazz singers ever (the other being Lady Day).
The angels in Heaven are so fortunate to be serenaded by this superb talent.
My mother told me she knew Anita because she was married to the golf pro at Biltmore Country Club in Barrington, Illinois. I'm guessing they got to know each other in the early 40's. My Dad, William Dahl was a member of Biltmore and a terrific golfer. Mom told me we once visited Anita at her home in Santa Monica, CA. Mom also told me she saw Anita perform when we lived in the San Francisco area in the 80's. Mom said she was able to go backstage with a young friend to see Anita. I don't know why I wasn't along? I watched a program on tv tonight and now realize what a talent Anita was. I hope to purchase some of her work.
My Mom passed away in 2007.
Wynne Ann Dahl Walsh
I heard of you Anita through listening to jazz stations playing your recording,but never heard what I experience from this documentary about your life.I could not wait till it was over to go online and buy your recordings.The question I have is where was I at when your legacy was being form? I'm 62 and I'm just realizing this treasure you left.Anyone who has gone but left something to enjoy for life times,was truly meant to be here. Thank you so much.
"SWEET GEORGIA BROWN"!
MAY YOUR MEMORY BE ETERNAL!
All down through the years A/D never surrendered her technique, never sang a bad note.
All down through l have modelled my playing on the phrasing and light cadence of those kind of artists.
Anita, Sinatra, Ella, Mose Allison! how could I for get Mose Allison! Not just that but a couple of Canadian singers like Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Gord Lightfoot who were all listening to bob anyhow by that point.
An Anita . . . hope you found that dog.
Anita was a dear friend of my mom,she loved her like a sister, mom's gone but I met Anita when I was a tiny tot she sang me to sleep when I was a baby up till I was about six years old, anyone remember the Bowery in Hurley WI.
My Dad is 74 next Birthday and has loved the voice of Anita O'Day for years. Particular favourite Sweet Georgia Brown, the best ever recorded. A true star and the best x
I met Anita O'Day in 1942 plugging a song for a songwriter (it was not her style) she was performing with Gene Krupa at the Brooklyn Paramount or Brooklyn Strand (I forget which) she was very pleasant to me. Murray Rosen Feb. 6,2011
I've enjoyed listening to Anita's incredible and lovely voice since I was a young boy...I'm now 61 and her voice still leaves me breathless...
One of the greatest four jazz vocalists of all time!
I saw this great lady in Chicago 1963 I think at the London House. i was blown away with her style and poise.
what has happened to our music scene oh for the 60's and 70's again
A blessing from God. That,s what Miss O'Day is, and will always be.
This wonderful women was still a great performer in her late 70's. I took my father to see her at the Atlas on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. Amazing. She signed an autograph for us. My father passed away 2/3/06. We lost Miss O'Day 11/23/06 which was my 45th birthday.
Simply a wonderful Lady with "The Know". A feel for the music deep within Her.
Even as a Saxophone player, when listening to your recordings, your impeccable swingin' time and style continues to inspire me everyday in my playing. It wasn't until I saw the documentary that I found out you're also a pioneer and an extremely tough individual I wanted to tell everyone about.
Anita, you were truly a legend with an amazing voice and an uncanny sense of rhythm and improvisation. Thank you for your influence on Jazz music and for the many recordings your fans will cherish. You will be greatly missed.
It is rare to find someone who nearly wasted incredible talent with drug abuse, only to come back and earn our love and respect by being an inspiration. Thank you for the music, and the inspiration to overcome.
Anita! Oh, Anita! I feel like crying. It's been 4 years since you decided to leave us and I still miss you. I listen to your wonderful music every day and feel your presence. I love you.
jackie, Ocala, Fl
Thankyou Anita for leaving such a gift of music for the world and for demonstrating such elegance and poise for others to strive for.
A woman and her voice: the legend has begun. Thank you for make us dreaming.
What an amazing woman. What an amazing voice! I am going to pay my respects by buying everything I can find that she has ever recorded. I sure wish I had met someone who had turned me on to her music before. Fantastic documentary. This is immortality, being heard and watched for eternity. Anita has achieved what every person wants, to live on forever and not be forgotten. And when I play these songs for my children, and they play them for their children, she will continue to be a part of our family. Thank you Anita O'Day.
Each time this documentary plays I'm captivated by the woman and then her amazing voice and talent. I've only just discovered this Wonder of Nature called Anita O'Day and she blows my mind. What a beautiful wonderful woman and spirit!
91 years ago Anita Belle Colton was born. We have grown to love her and her music as Anita O'Day. Happy birthday, Anita. You'll never be forgotten. Love you.
I have just finished watching the documentary and I'm overwhelmed. I listen to an all jazz radio station and they just do not play enough of Anita O'day. I am gong to write them and request more of her music. It is AWESOME! I am so happy to have seen this film and learned so much about her life in music. She will live on through her wonderful talent on record.
" A Jazz Candle in the Wind"
I just watched the documentary on her life that was filmed in 2007 and I wondered if she was still alive. She was very talented and overcame a lot. I was very impressed with the person and talent of Anita O'Day.
What a voice! What a Life! I know Heaven is full of music now!
When I hear her voice all is just fine in the world. She makes my soul sing light.
I recently watched the documentary about Anita and was totally blown away and fascinated by her, her story and her stunning voice. Her voice was pure satin. There was nothing phony about Anita and I appreciated how real she was. My husband is a musician and when I told him about this documentary, his response was, "I have a Gene Krupa record that she sang on" and put it on the turn table and we listened to Drummin Man. Which was fitting because he's a drummer. So little did I know we had this gem in the house and will play it and appreciate and enjoy her voice and talent. She's one of those gifts that only comes along once in a lifetime. God Bless You Anita.
So enoyed the documentary. Too bad, she was not reconized before, as one of the gretest Jazz singers
OMG! WOW I was just blown away by watching the doc."Life of a jazz singer" It has been an uplifting experiance learning about this remarkable womans life. So many aspects of her life have a connection to mine,that it has left me to wonder about what it would be like to have been friends with her. I am finding her book and reading at once.
I would love to say thanks to her and everyone that help to keep her memories alive.
Anita O'Day is the most incredible singer/ Musician/ performer/ spirit/ influence, I have ever heard or seen. A Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Anita O'Day only come around once in a life time. That beautiful woman inspired me, and many other people like no one else could. She is the personification of music. I remember her when I was just a kid and not only did I become swept away not only by her voice and beauty, but by her vibe and zest for life. Truly one of the greatest gifts to earth and music that there ever was. I saw her documentary and to see she never stopped singing made me very happy, and I applaud one of the true Queens of music Anita O'Day. Some day there is a postage stamp waiting for your picture. With all my love, Ron Yarbrough, Tustin Ca.
Great timing and a perfect sense of rhythm marked the career of Anita O'Day.
I'm looking forward to watching the documentary tonight.
I had heard the name Anita O'Day for so many years, one night in August 2010 I typed her name in on YouTube... The first song I landed on was her cover of Sweet Georgia Brown at Newport, 1958... WOW! How come no one exposed me to her sooner? What a dynamic Woman, an incredible life and talent... Good looking gal too! Umm, umm, umm! I have been listening to her once a day since, like taking a multi-vitamin!!
Anita has always been my favourite singer since I first heard her on my much treasured Gene Krupa records when I was still at school. I've also have that blow out recording on Jazz on a Summers Day. For anyone who wants to know what things were like during the American depression they should read her book - High Times, Hard Times.
Like many others I was not aware of the finest female jazz singer of all time, how could that be? I am so glad i know now
Hands down, the finest jazz singer/song stylist ever to breath into a michrophone. Male or female!
A treat to listen to and a trip to watch.
I had never heard of Anita until I happened to come across her on the Documentary channel. I was never really a true Jazz fan as my two sons are, and they didn't know who she was either but we were in awe of her talent.
"That's just the way it went down, Bryant." I want that on my tombstone.
Anita: we sure do miss you here.
I learned of Anita after watching the documentary. Surprised I have heard some of her pieces but just didn't know who was singing. I admire her and seeing the documentary has revived my love of jazz. Thank you. God Bless.
I learned about Anita O'day after stumbling upon her documentary one evening. I am fascinated with her courage and her talent, and stunned that I never knew of her, even though I consider myself a lover of jazz! I will sing her praises from now on. God Bless.
My father introduced me to Anita via Jazz on a Summers Day. She is still my favorite singer. My father goes for Sarah V but Anita has the edge for me. And it's because she had an edge.
Truly the worlds greatest Jazz singer. She was in a class by herself ! I just saw her documentary, awesome, She will be missed but not forgotten.
Instantly fell in love with this woman after seeing her documentary. Her book is fantastic. I read it on a flight to the west coast. Can't get enough of Anita O'Day. I wish my uncle was still alive so we could discuss her. I KNOW he knew of her & dug her as I do.
My musical taste has always been anchored in female vocalists. To my ears,Anita is one of the four that stands at the pinnacle.
A big fan of Anita O'Day. As a disc jockey back in the early and mid 1960s, I played several of her songs. I have also purchased a couple recently. I wish more radio stations would go back to this type of music.
I love Peggy Lee and Julie London, but Anita O'Day had to be the coolest, most
talented white singer ever! She sang in
Gene Krupa's band and sang at the Apollo - how amazing is that? Example number one that they make them like they used to. Love ya, Anita!
I JUST ACCIDENTILY DISCOVERED THIS MAGNIFICANT WOMAN ON 'YOU TUBE' AND WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!---I GOT TO GET HER CD---SHE'S FANTASTIC---P.S. I JUSY DID A 12HR NITE SHIFT AND IAM A BIT WOOZY----WHAT A WOMAN!!! WHAT A VOICE !!!!!
Anita, I came upon your recordings via Gene Krupa in 1973 ish , I was 14!!!( my Dad is a massive Mr G fan - 78 this year!) I origionally thought you were black ( I had been brought up on Ella and Billie - no white singers ever sounded that good!Its just a fact!) I apologise to anyone offended but get the impression Anita might have enjoyed my misguided impression !
I absolutly adore you ! !
Wow, Anita! You wow me. My husband and I watched the documentary in awe of this great talent. Heard the music no doubt before but did not know it was Anita. Had to tape and watch again for the Honeysuckle Rose and Georgia Brown performances. Impeccable.
Last evening I watched the Anita O'Day documentary for the second time and enjoyed it even more. The memory of hearing her name was rekindled from my days as a young girl just beginning to work in downtown Chicago's Loop and to date. Rush St and Mr. Kelly's were popular places back then. I very likely could have seen Anita O'Day perform in person. Makes me wonder what was I thinking, and what a great performer I missed. Seeing Miss O'Day as an old woman who probably went largely unnoticed reminds me to look into the eyes of older people and acknowledge them with a hello and a smile. Such rewards come from simple gestures of kindness.
Watching the DOC channel. Never heard of this woman! I have spent the last 2 hours with my jaw dropped. Unfrickin' beleivable. She is awesome!!! Get cready I-pod for the latest addition...Anita O'day
I'm like a lot of other contributors to this blog: I had heard of Anita O'Day but until the documentary I had never really listened to her sing. My husband and I were blown away by her and have listened to her daily since then. My current favorite is "Can't Get Started." Her smoky, silky voice along with her incredible timing and phrasing are to die for. I'm grateful to have discovered her and humbly use her as a role model.
I'm embarassed to say that I'd never heard of Anita O'Day until I watched her on the Documentary channel. Absolutely stunning voice and character. She must have been one of the best. Her inflection and scatting were unbelievable. What a treasure.
You are a National Treasure, your work is Timeless. You will be missed, but your voice will live forever. XOXO Kelly Mitchell
I thought I knew who she was. Then I got the Life of a Jazz Singer video from Netflix and fell under her spell. That voice! That face! That style! I envy those who got to see her perform.
One of the best jazz singers of all time. Rest in Peace.
Sei grande Anita, una grande voce sempre splendente nell'arco del cielo
My first reaction on the message were lots of tears. Thank you so much for inspiring me and enjoying me with your art. Hope we meet again. With love, Sonja
What a joy to listen to her music. It would have been nice to know her and I'm sorry I never took the time to thank her.
I KNEW ANITA DURING HER LAST YEARS, I WORKED AT DANMAR WHERE SHE WAS. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH HAVING THE CHANCE TO MEET HER AND LEARN ABOUT HER.I ADMIRE HER SHE WAS STONG AND FULL OF LIFE ALL THE WAY TO THE END. I MISS HER..I WILL NEVER FORGET HER
It took me a while (too long) to appreciate and love your talent - now I do and I love listening to you. Thank you, thank you!
For Anita...You version of
Honeysuckle Rose and others
should be in the "Jazz Hall
WEEP NOT FOR ME
Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.
Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.
I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.
Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.
Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.
Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.
© Joe Fazio
email@example.com /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
It's her sense of play and humor with melodies and lyrics combined with raspy sensuality that defines her style, unmatched in all vocal jazz. "You have the bold, clear eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth. Yet there's that up-turned chin and the grin of impetuous youth." I never met her, but I know her.
ANITA O'DAY.......Simply Wonderful!
My favorite jazz vocalist, ever! The manner in which she could turn a phrase, proved she understood the voice pedagogy for jazz singing better than any singer. She certainly had the pipes for it. We miss you Miss O'Day.
My favorite female vocalist.
February 16, 2010
I was born in 1963. I love Anita and her music, she performed, until now and forever. I'am to young to hear you live, from the beginning until now. I'am yours in music.
Elmar from Germany
I never met Anita, but as a teenager, I have come to really enjoy her music. Her voice was absolutely beautiful.
I finally got to see Anita O'Day in person, in a small club in Minneapolis c.1984. What a great experience that was. So sorry for your loss and ours.
Just watching Anita O'Day on the Sumer's Day DVD. Wow! I had heard her many times on the radio, but putting the picture together with the words and music is a new experience for me.
I have loved the singing of Anitas and June Christy for more years than I can remember! I'm sorry they're both gone! But they live in my heart!
I discovered Anita O'Day in April 2008. I forget what I was searching for in Youtube, but some link led me to her Newport '58 performance. I will always remember the uncanny sense which came over me, that I was watching a true master at work.
January 12, 2010
My memory of Anita goes back to the
Krupa years when she sang, "Let me off
uptown" along with Roy Eldridge. I
think that was when I first fell in love with her. She was one of the very best of the jazz singers and we wont see the likes of her again!
Thank you for leaving a legacy.
Anita was a patient of mine when I was living in Hemet, California. Everytime she came in the office she made me laugh. She was very funny and very down to earth. She even gave me advice when she found out my husband and I separated. I still have the autographed CD she gave me of one of her live performances. I always remembered her and was saddened to hear of her passing.
Just watched "Jazz on a Summer's Day." While I was, somehow, familiar with her name, all I new was that she was a jazz singer, and that I couldn't say if I had ever heard her sing. Well, then in her garden dress and large hat she made her grandesque stage entrance from the side stairway - my first thought, other than, "Who is that and what is she doing?" was, "This gal is sexy!". Then came, "Sweet Georgia Brown" and a song I was familiar with, but never heard sung, scatted like that - Wow! Thanks, Anita, better late than never for this 55 y/o!
I just saw the DVD on her -- I will read her book and buy some of the music
A singer's singer, to be sure.
I'm sad but I'm so happy when I hear you
Watched the DVD of Anita and WOW! She was the embodiment of what jazz is ALL about. May her music live on and on and on...........
It's hard to believe that you have been gone three years. I am still very sad, however you left us with such a great gift - your music. Not a day goes by that I don't listen to at least one of your gems.
There will never, ever be another you.
I love you.......
I was your next door neighbor for some time on Vista Del Mar. You introduced me to some awesome music, and told me many colorful stories, when I'd drop by to visit. So much struggle, strength, sadness, and love of music. And how you felt your world never let your music by yours. But every word had a sound of joy. Hope you and Yma Sumac are getting on now. We had some good laughs about all that
RIP my friend
I am a latecomer to your talent ... and what a talent you had! Your singing, timing and phrasing were just incredible! Jazz singing at its best.
I was 13, living in Stockholm, Sweden, lonely, sick mother with cancer and my security blanket was music, either movies or record player. I bougth my first Anita O'Day 45 rpms, (You're the top and It's De Lovely among other songs. I was hooked. What a voice, even to a teenager. I treasure my 45's as well as the pleasure of listening to her other recordings. I am now 70 years old but still LOVE her. My sympathies to her family.
another angel I remembered in my youth that had fallen from the real world to a life of joy & beauty in her own mind that was accepted by me because I listened to her when she sang to me.......it was good to hear her again.
90 years ago the greatest jazz vocalist/song stylist was born. And that was Anita O'Day. I listen to your music daily. Happy Birthday dear Anita. I will always love and admire you.
Just watched "Anita O'Day - The Life of a Jazz Singer" for the umpteenth time - seeing it brings back so many memories of spending time with Anita at various jazz clubs in the 'eighties when I was in high school, then in college working on my music degrees. What a beautiful portrayal of a lady I love so very much! She was truly a natural-born musical genius, but I was also so very blessed to be able to get to know her - aside from being the coolest, she was very deeply loving, warm, and funny, and always willing to let me hang out with her between and after sets - we had a ball and talked about everything from music to God to whatever else was on our minds. She called me "The San Francisco Kid" and always remembered me each time I saw her. I will NEVER forget her - she will always be a part of me. I just turned 50 and look forward to another 50 years of listening to and loving Anita!
I was introduced to Anita O'Day in "Jazz on a Summer's Day" and I was transfixed, mesmerised and completely enchanted. I look forward to discovering the rest of her canon of work.
Just viewed the documentary about Anita, last night. We really enjoyed it. She is SOME-KIND of talented and has led SOME-KIND of interesting life!!!
I just bought the Life of a Jazz Singer. I discovered Anita with the Newport film in the early sixties. Since then I am a great fan of Anita. For me she has everything a jazz singer should have; a real understanding of swing and her phrasing was delivered with a keen sens of rhythm and above all a unique voice. And besides she was sexy!
The beautiful book and DVDs: The Life of a Jazz Singer are real gift for the ones who like me, do admire Anita.
As a kid, I grew up listening to the likes of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, etc. Being a guitarist, I tended to lean toward's fusion, metal, prog, etc., but I found myself gradually listening to more and more "big band/swing". Only recently, (on a local jazz radio station, that has a "big band" show), did I discover Anita. Not only do I love her voice, and style, but the harder edge to the "Swing" she seemed to prefer to sing to. As I write this, I'm listening to the "Proper" 4-disc box set, "Young Anita". I love it!
In Chicago at THE STREAMLINER, THE HOTEL MARYLAND, THE PLUGGED NICKEL, MISTER KELLY'S and many more places, I had the unparalleled experience of seeing and hearing the incomparable Anita. In later years I had the delight of exchanging some e-mails with her. I will never forget her.
I saw the DVD review in Time and got it. I fell in love with Anita. What a woman, what a singer, what talent. I knew who she was, but this time I have fallen in love with her music and am out trying to buy more.
Thanks, Anita, for doing it all and surviving.
I came to jazz late and so missed seeing all this music live, but fortunately there is so much recorded music available now that one can still experience a lot of this great art. I happened to catch a youtube video of Ms. O'day on "Sweet Georgia Brown" at Newport, and all I can say is, WOW, Knockout! To be able to see, even secondhand, a person of such prodigious style and talent at the absolute top of their game, wailing flat out, is truly a privilege.
Miss O'day: gone but most certainly not forgotten, never by this fan. Thank you.
Now we have Chris Connor in heaven with Anita Oday. I can just imagine Gene Krupa with Anita and all the jazz greats like Louie Bellson with Chris Connor and Stan Getz and Maynard and all the greats up there. What a Jam Session that has to be? Love you Anita.
just watched the movie i was so inspired, i just turned 60 and I was ready to retire but then i saw the movie and made me see that each day is all we have and the journey could be long and thats great thank you
Anita O'Day was indeed the Mother of Cool, the Great Scat Singer, and the most extraordinary and influential jazz vocalist bar none. We miss you dear Anita, and now sing for the angels.
She is my inspiration for keep going and most of all keep singing Jazz.
I love her
her gift was the incomparable interpretation of the composition and her reward will be musical immortality.
listen to anita sing youll always find me near the man with a horn find me there from dusk until dawn then realize what a differnce her voice made i will miss her
I have yet explore the jewels Ms. O'Day has left for us to cherish, Im looking forward to that time that the very jewels of feeling and sound will reshape my life.
As a young jazz aficionado in Germany I listened to Ella and Anita and I've never wavered in my admiration for both exceptional vocalists/musicians. I just saw the documentary and I loved it.
Death is an enemy of us all. Losing someone so talented to this enemy is a tragedy!
‘There is going to be a resurrection of the righteous’ - Acts 24:15
I didn't know Anita died, she was pleasure to listen to. I was born in 1930. Injoyed her so much. Arlene
The most swinging vocalist ever! Anita defined the term "jazz singer".
singers today are still copying her.
Anita was for me the best jazz singer ever.
Swinging & dressing elegant colors of every shade. Sure, Cole Porter is proud. thank you Miss Anita for such superb Music.
Ms. O'day sang the best bebop style of them all. Pure joy, every single note she blessed the world with. "Beauty is truth, truth beauty; that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." said John Keats. No wonder her kind of music, jazz, is illegal in tyranical, backward dictatorships. The wonder is she was so generally unknown here in the US during her lifetime. Not put on TV I guess.
No matter when, on what day, one finally discovers this "new" nightingale, what good news indeed that day becomes! This great musician has alot more than four brothers, more like thousands!
Like, wow, every time I hear her.
merci pout tous ces merveilleux moments
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
Anita writes in her autobiography that her first Japan tour 1963 was “the beginning of salvation.” In her hard times, she regained her self-confidence as jazz singer in Tokyo. Since then, she came to Japan very often, and was always acclaimed with enthusiasm. She is just the type of lady we Japanese call “iki na anego”----a highly sophisticated lady who is somewhat dominating or sassy(“iki na anego” means originally “chic elder sister”) but has deeply warm and generous heart, the character type which is highly estimated and popular in Japanese literature or drama.---Her appearance in “Live in Tokyo 63” dvd shows that Anita was an authentic “iki na anego” ! I recommend you CD “Anita O’Day live at Basie”(Ratspeck Records RPCJ-7002), a recording made in 1978 in a legendary jazz club “Basie” in north Japan. This newly and for the first time released CD shows how intimately Anita and Japanese audience were connected. We also appreciated the inspirational improvising of Anita, as we have long tradition of improvising art form(especially in painting). At any rate, Anita was surely the most iki na anego in the world!
I have been a fan...since childhood..She was an influence...I nearly had an opportunity to meet her...sadly I had been on the road performing...She is truely missed....
Anita o'day even do i dont know you! I will always hold u in my heart!God bless!
I just read the earlier entries in this Guest Book. I intended to read just a few, but couldn't stop when I realized how much Anita was appreciated for living her life on her own terms, often against convention and the easy approval of her peers.
I was moved by, and appreciated the very personal and heartfelt quality of virtually every comment.
I think it would please Anita to know what a VISCERAL impact her voice and absolutely original, unmistakably personal style had on her listeners. In turn, her fans returned the favor by loving her back with an intensity of feeling reserved for only a few.
In this way, I think Anita O'Day was similar to John Coltrane. Just as Coltrane's playing was complex.layered and sometimes, a little rough around the edges, Anita O'Day's singing was similarly rich, often improvisational and always uniquely personal. I just love hearing the different inflections in her voice and the feeling she brought to every song. Sensual and soulful.
Does anyone know if Bert Stern's "Jazz on a Summer's Day" is available new on DVD? I'm in Berkeley where we have excellent music and video stores full of jazz/big band titles, and I haven't been able to find a copy. Also, was Anita's performance at the 1970 Berlin Jazz Festival filmed? Is it available as a DVD?
By the way, I agree with the reader who said he fell in love with Anita after watching her perform Sweet Georgia Brown and Tea for Two at Newport in 1958. With her charming bows and curtseys to a standing ovation, her svelte figure in that that elegant dress, long gloves and that wide brimmed hat......................WHO WOULDN'T??!!!
Thanks to Wayne's entry I went to netflix and got the DVD he referred to and a couple of others so I could explore more of her wonderful voice.
I have read High Times Hard Times it was great.
I first heard Anita O'Day as a young boy growing up in post-war Tokyo. My father often taped (on reel to reel) performances by jazz singers on A.F.R.T.S. (Armed Fprces Radio and Television Services) in Tokyo. As ex-pats living in Japan, my parents enjoyed many performers who were discovering that Japan was hungry for anything American in the way of entertainment. I just recently found a DVD of "Anita O'Day Live in Tokyo 1963."
It was a moving performance with a full orchestra behind her. Anita O'Day had real presence and a style that was original and magical - - a true jazz stylist. Ms. O'Day was soulful, charming, charismatic and absolutely beautiful.
The "Greats" and thier marvolous music are so dearly appreciated and so sadly missed
I had only listened to Miss O'Day until I just saw her performances in Tokyo and Newport ; oh my , what she does with her voice AND that pair of white gloves ! I am in love with you Anita ! Bless you for what you gave us . You will never be without new admirers .
I love her renditions of the greatest jazz standards. she is awsome.
Thanks for all the beauty you gave
Anita O' Day in my humble opinion is indeed one of the earthly arch angels of the twentieth century, I feel enourmously blessed that I had the opportunity to hear her very beautiful voice during my own lifetime. May her music and spirit continue to live on and bless generations of music lovers to come. Frank Dodson, Actor.
Anita O'Day, wow! I'll always remember her as the lady with the long gloves. Her rendition of "Stella By Starlight" is the best of any I've heard sing it. Silky, sexy, and captivating to watch. Didn't appreciate her as much as I should have in the '50s. Now older and wiser as a result. A Valentine's Day gift for certain.
First time I listend to her recordings I thought - this girl is sexy with an attitude! Beautiful voice. Gives each song character, and owns each song she sings. Wish I could have seen her perform.
Many Thanks for the Boogie Ride
Anita enamora viéndola en el festival de Newport 1958. Es fascinante su voz, estilo y aspecto. Sus canciones no pasarán nunca de moda y seguirá despertando pasiones mientras dure el Jazz, que será siempre.
Hasta siempre Anita y gracias por tu trabajo.
Anita enamora viéndola en el festival de Newport 1958. Es fascinante su voz, estilo y aspecto. Sus canciones no pasarán nunca de moda y seguirá despertando pasiones mientras dure el Jazz, que será siempre.
Hasta siempre Anita y gracias por tu trabajo.
A Great Stylist as well as a great Preformer. She Looks down Singing.
I have enjoyed Anita's vocals for about ten years. There's somethings special about the tone and timber of her voice that excites the imagination. I wished that I could have personally met her. Warm regards to her surviving family.
A fantastic jazz singer. Right up there with Billie,Sarah,Ella,and Dinah.
After discovering Anita for the first time, watching the documentary on norwegian national television, I deeply regret that I did not learn to know about her earlier.
She was a great singer an amazing person.
Now I became a fan, no doubt..!
We are the listeners, you are the song,when voice and talent speak so clearly. Life has so many facets and the special "jewels" adorn us like a tiara, in bright light.Shine on and bring us to our inner sanctity...
You physically left us two years ago, however, your music and movies linger on. You are still, and always will be, the best!
Love you ................
My favorite has been"Fractured"ie "my analyst told me",but just the sound of her voice would send chills thru me.She is irrreplacable, Bob C. San Jose,ca
Anita was 1 of the most soulful humans on the planet. In fact I wonder if she really was human cause there was something truly divine about her. Or maybe she's the definition of human. I've been playing blues & jazz professionally since '69 and have always worshipped her and the thrills & chills she constantly provided us. We all suffered a tremendous loss in 2006 but her spirit is strong. When I perform and "find the zone" there are many spirits touching me. You don't THINK about who they are but you know instinctively. Anita's influence is so strong she's alive in millions of us. God Bless You Miss Anita.
When there was onlt one; and she leaves us. "The Moon gets lonelyshinin' thru the trees"!
Why is there not more talk about Anita O'day?? I am a jazz musician and even went to college (music) in NYC in the 90s and never hear anyone mention her! When I finally "discovered" her in 2006 I was totally amazed at the raw talent and creative genius of Ms O'Day. I've spent these last two years listening a lot to her recordings and I just learned that she passed in 2006! I would have LOVED to meet her! What an inspiring human being!
Happy Birthday, dear Anita! I can just see and hear you and John swinging on "Sweet Georgia Brown". Miss ya'.
I love you....oooh....oooh....oooh.
It was a joy to hear her sing, and an honor to hear her speak!
Miss O'Day, how blessed we all were in our lifetime to know your incredible voice and your amazing ability to capture the true essence and meaning to a song. Your voice lives on and I tell all the young singers I teach and meet along the way..."go check out Miss Anita O'Day, and she will teach you all about singing". Rest in peace Miss O'Day, with the greatest respect, sincerely,
I've just discovered Ms. O'Day, and can't get enough. It's 2008. WOW!
Anita Oday had something going for her that a long of new and upcoming female vocalists DO NOT HAVE and that is SUSTAINING STAYING power. What I mean is this. She lasted thru out her career with Gene Krupa and then on with Stan Kenton and then she sang with countless small groups and no matter what record or group she sang on or with she made that Song sound just as FRESH and NEW today that is was way back then. Today you hear a NEW female singing star and she lasts maybe a year or so and then you never hear from her again. ANITA ODAYS voice will live on for generation to generation. She had the Staying Power. Oh how we miss you ANITA. A day without ANITA ODAY is a day without SUNSHINE. Love you ANITA always will. Do you hear the DRUMMER BOOGIE?????
I was at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and Anita was the hit of the
fesival...i thought it was the sexiest
jazz performance i had ever witnessed....for 1958 circa.
Anita, you are the one who showed me the way to Jazz music. Everytime I sing your songs, I know you're there and people feel your presence.
I was a DJ from 1964 until 1989 and it was always nice to play and hear Anita sing. I know she is singing her heart out now to another audience.
There were a lot of jazz singers, but Anita O'Day was one of a kind. I loved her style and sound.
Once I heard Anita, no one else compared to her. She was the top.
I'm happy we have her recordings, book and some vids.
Bless you, Anita.
I just saw Anita's documentary in Denver, Colo and was hypnotized by this woman. So talented and beautiful. A breath of fresh air. What a true fine woman! Wish I could have known her. She stole my heart.
Today, May 27th 2008, is my 69th birthday. i am a recent fan of Anita O'Day, but this seems an appropriate time to reflect on her life's wondrous musical accomplishments. As is frequently the case, we don't know what we truly had until it is gone. Wow, is that ever the case with Anita. An exceptional artist borne of the realities of a hard life she proved herself to be at the very top of her chosen career. I sincerely hope to be able to see the documentary regarding her life. If not, then I await the opportunity to purchase it when it becomes available on DVD.
Mount Dora FL
Thanks for that terrific documentary, Robbie. When i saw you and your movie yesterday evening in D. C., i felt the enthusiasm, you an your partner invested in this project. And yes, she was great.
thanks for doing this! I love Anita O'Day!
Anita O`Day a voice with a message of love and peace. Enjoyed every moment thanks to BBC Radio 3 -Jazz Library -
I met Anita through my parents in Hemet CA in the 1980's. My Dad sang country music. Anita heard him singing in the RV park. My parents were parked beside her house.
We all hung out together and Anita even spent Christmas Eve one year with us in Hemet CA. In 1990 she had a gig in Seattle WA. My parents and myself live in WA. We went to hear her sing and chatted breifly. I did take pictures too. Anita gave my parents a signed autograph book, Hard Times also. She always talked about her life. She was very intelligent.
Saw the documentary last night here in Montreal-what a pleasure to see and hear Anita just as we love her-witty, charming, talented and blunt...a fantastic singer and great lady-I have fond recollections of two meetings with her in 2000-2001 and cherish a new year's card sent after that...looking forward to the DVD release that will help more people appreciate her artistry.
I know there are many fans out there who loved Anita Oday and everything she did in Jazz and Music in General. Wouldnt be great if there was A MOVIE made in her honor? THE ANITA ODAY STORY. Here would be a story about one of Americas Greatest Super FANTASTIC lady singers of all times. Her story would be one of emotional depth and ofcourse would showcase her fantastic one of a kind talent. So many movies are out there today and lots of them depict FLASH in the PAN artists with a few rock crazed beats. Anita sustained all the eras of music the big band era the small combo eras and she was a Survivor. A Movie that would highlight and showcase her enormous impact in singing would be a welcome to anyone that knows and appreciates true talent. Anita had all the qualifications and then some. Oh Anita how we miss you.
I got to see the Documentary at the recent Palm Springs Film Festival....wow!!!! Any idea when it will be available in DVD? Or available in general release in theaters? There is a huge audience for this!! The film had special meaning for me as I was actually at the 1958 Newport jazz festival!!!!...the musical highlight of my life, and if you do not blink, you can see me in the crowd!! We also have a website www.jazzinpalmsprings.com and would love to help publicize this important film.
I am so glad that they have made a documentary about Anita. I can't wait to see it. I read her book and enjoyed every minute of it. She was truly a one of a kind singer and hopefully this documentary will open a lot of people's eyes to someone who was a true American Idol.
Through doing some research I found out Anita had died. I meet her when she walked into my jewelry store in Hemet, Ca where I had the privilage of doing some work for her. She would pop in every now and then because of our mutual love of the big band era. When I relocated I always kept her in my thoughts and know now she is at peace.
Anita was my cousin. I remember my Uncle Jim (her father) listening to her wonderful records while sitting in his easy chair with his eyes closed, tapping his fingers in time to her wonderful music. He loved her deeply. Anita’s life was not an easy one and it saddened her father and all of us to see her in despair. God bless you Anita and I know your beautiful voice is now being heard in Heaven.
Lets put it this way. You turn on your television on a weekly basis and see FLASH IN THE PAN female artists. They last maybe one year and thats all you hear from them. Over said and Done. Our Anita Oday lasted forever and ever. You can listen to Anita way back in the heydays with Krupa and Kenton and hear something NEW and FABULOUS every time you listen to her on the old vinyl records. Go back and dig her singing balads and scating on small jazz combos and she sounds FRESH and NEW like something out of this world. Anita did not rely on strobe lights special effects. She had that Wonderful Amazing Voice that no one even tries to copy. She was in a class by herself. You hear one female vocalist out there today and they all sound like their SCREAMING and YELLING .. No phrasing no dynamics. Sounds to me like their are walking in their barefeet and stepping on tacks. Anita Oday we miss you . Love you Anita Oday.
i first saw anita in 1939 and last saw her in new haven ct in the late 80's..oh man;she was still great..as i listen today to her rendition of 'on green dolphin street' you have too say...yeah,she was as good as ella and sarah..maybe better,though.. miss her..r.i.p.
What a voice! What a life! Anita was the greatest jazz singer of all. She sang "Body and Soul" for me at Dante's in LA. What a treat.
Rest peacefully Anita.
A day hasn't gone by that I haven't thought of Anita and all that she meant to me. Although in my life for only a brief time, she taught my many valuable life lessons.
Thanks to Robbie for everything he accomplished in the past eight years. How wonderful it is that we have the documentary to share with people who didn't have the opportunity to know her well. So many people--young and old-- will be introduced to her musical achievments and greatness.
Her legacy will live in our hearts and minds forever.
A year ago today Anita physically left us, however she left a legacy which will last for generations to come. I have been looking over the entries here and it is refreshing to see how her fans felt. I agree with all! I wish she had been able to read them.
It is closure time as I'm sure she is at peace now, and I have thousands of O'Day listening hours left.
We should thank Robbie for helping Anita to spend her last days doing what she loved the most - singing. Thank you, Anita. I will always love you. Goodbye.
Thanksgiving 2007. Wow. It has been 1 year since Anita's passing. The phone call at 6:30 am. The mad rush to Anita. The inexplicable loss. The end of the greatest 8 years of my life. Thanksgiving now has a new meaning. It is so emotional for me but I am writing this to give thanks to my mentor and best friend. I love you Anita.
Today, October 18, 2007, Anita O'Day would have been 88 years old. I still feel the sadness I had last November when I found out that she had left us. However, each day I listen to at least one album she did and find something new each time. She is my hero! Happy Birthdday, dear Anita. Love you.
She was an amazing talented singer.
A great lady.
ANITA ODAY was in my opinion a queen of jazz female vocalists. She had so much inborn talent. She could scat sing better than most and truthfully her balads like Thats what you think with Gene Krupas Band and Star Eyes and Lush Life and the list goes on and on. Anita had that quality about her she could make you cry on slow tunes and make you get happy all over again on fast up tunes like Four Brothers. Her voice was that of an angel you could never ever get tired of her wonderfull and expressive jazz singing. the great fabulous Anita Oday will always be with us. love you Anita
We just saw "Anita O'Day, Life of a Jazz Singer" at Vancouver International Film Festival and found it a life-affirming experience. The lady defined "verve" and her zestful, no regrets approach to living contributes something to us all, beyond the musical gift, which is already considerable.
HI. I WAS A FAN. LOVE HER MUSIC. WILLIAM J MCERLEAN. MUSICIAN
Just saw the documentary "Anita O'Day - Life Of A Jazz Singer" at the Calgary Film Festival and I am in awe. What an unbelievably gifted singer Anita was, a true musical force. Makes me want to run out and purchase her entire recorded catalogue. Thank you to the producers of the film for making Anita's life and career available to a whole new generation of fans.
Believe it or not, I just heard about Anita O'Day this past week - the film of her life was shown at the Sedona Jazz Festival. She was obviously an outstanding singer in her day!
A FAN FROM 1940 WHEN I WAS 9 YRS OLD ALL OF MY FAMILY LOVED SWING AND SHE WAS SWING...THE GREATEST HAS LEFT US BUT MAYBE WE WILL HEAR HER LATER
I remember hearing her at jams in
Hawaii. Good times and such an impressive voice I'll never forget.
Anita had the tones.
We'll see you sometime.
I've known her name for years but never paid attention. I'm paying atteniton now.
a jazz icon has gone. hope she is till singing for the angels
i fully enjoyed her wonderful performance at the beaulieu festival great britain and listen to her songs ever since.she was a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice
the melody lingers on....
Anita O day ,what a singer ! MAy her soul rest in peace. One of a kind!
I am from NY, now living England. I am saddened by Anita's death. I can say that hearing her sing ' Let me off uptown', did for a few seconds make me want to be a subway headinng uptown !! RIP.
What can I say? Anita you are just the greatest! Thank you for all your wonderful recordings/videos/and documentary, and especially all those great gigs of yours I attended in the San Francisco Bay area.
Newport, RI, '59, Sweet Georgia Brown - doesn't get any better than that . . . Unless it's seeing her at the Wiltern Dinner Theater in 2000 or so . . . so, so sorry she's gone. A true original Broad.
great music is dead in america...may her recordings live on forever...
When I heard "memories of you" from the Gene Krupa Story, I was hooked. Anita defined the Female Jazz Singer for me.
For me she was defined by the LP Title - "The Incomparable Anita O'Day" she was totally individual. Her voice always had a smile in it, something I treasure her for, and was a true jazz impressionist, just listen to "Sweet Georgia Brown" from Newport.
I first heard Anita sing when I was a teenager,many years ago.I've been a fan of hers ever since. She's right up there with Ella,Sarah and Carmen in music heaven.That must be some swing singing girl group.Rest in peace, Anita.
Ms O'Day was more than just an incredible singer and musician; she was the last of an era that has disappeared forever! A truly phenomenal talent that will be greatly missed.
Anita was loved also here in Finland - farewell the most sophisticated lady of jazz!
The definition of "cool"? Anita O'Day
I have been a fan of Anita O'Day since I first heard her on the radio singing Let Me Off Uptown in the 1940s. I am greatly saddened by her death. The world has lost a musical phenomenon.
Anita O'Day went straight to my heart from the very first time I heard her fabulous voice in the 1980's. I've been addicted to her and to jazz ever since. I simply love her style and her feeling!
I'm a broadcast pioneer in Indiana and archive everything I can. I just burned a CD of her great interview with Skitch Henderson on his show The Music Makers in l982. WOW! To hear her own voice tell the stories of her career (and the way she told them!) was truly exciting to hear..plus the l0 great songs that were included. She's now tops in my archive material.
I have loved her singing and technique since I bought my first Anita O'Day album (An Evening with Anita O"Day)back in the early sixties. She is and will always be the greatest.
I enjoyed a marvelous set by Miss O'Day at a club in North Beach, San Francisco with my pal at the time. She was marvelous and a bit chatty at the bar between sets where Charlie got her to autograph an old LP he had bought of hers in the '60s in Harvard. She was amazed at the cover and I feel was very pleased. I sure know we were. Rest in Peace, dear talent, we will listen to you again soon...
Such a great smooth jazz voice will never be forgotten. My first album was 'Anita Sings The Most' and I've been a fan ever since.
Thanks for all the years of joy.
what can words say? we miss her.Great vocalist.
I saw her in Beverly, Mass. in the 70's. Also in Boston and later in LA. She autographed her album cover for my birthday. I was in my 20s and I've listened to her ever since. Just the best. Silky, like a leaky sax. Those rat-a-tat-tats and schup..schup..schups. You were the coolest, Anita. The best of the best. What a sound! The world has lost a great songstress. Farewell, babe.
She now sings in the heavenly muse. But her great voice still brings a soft velvet sound that only she could produce. Yet she could punch a song as well. I've played her music on the radio, and those great melodies, linger on.
absolutely fabulous and will live in my music library forever.
None better, few as good. Jazz on a Summer's day exemplifies her style, thank God for her recordings.
I guess that I'll forever hear Anita singing "Bolero at the Savoy" with the magnificent Gene Krupa Band. It just doesn't get any better than that!
"Hey Joe, turn on the blue!" Everytime I her those workd coming form my stereo I know Anita is going to be Fantastik and away we go into "Soon it's gonna rain" from the Live at the Berlin Jazz Festival, just one of my favs from Ms. ODay. When Johnnie Ray told me in between sets at the Vine Street that you were coming there and NOT to miss it, I should have dropped everything and listened to him. Now I will have to patiently wait for your movie to come out to see what you were like live. If it's the last thing I do I will not miss it!Thank you Anita, you have left us with a great legacy, and me with a song in my heart. And on that clear day...
When I watched "Jazz on a Summer Day", I fell in love with Anita O'Day.
I've discovered Anita today as I bought a record this morning.
I dindn't heard about her or her music since yet.
What a swing !
On the booklet it is said that at 80 yo she was still on stage.
Going on the web to check more info, I've just learn about her departure 4 mounth ago.
So bad !
I wanted to thank her for this music that makes me so happy on this sunny saturday afternoon in Paris.
I first heard Anita O'Day when I happened to pick up "Jazz on a Summer's Day" from my library 3 years ago. Since then, I've eagerly listened to whatever I could find of her wonderful style, and considered myself lucky NOT to have missed this gem !!!
I'm sad to say that I just found out about the passing of Anita O'Day during the Grammy Awards tribute. She was and is one of my favorites from a day gone by...she passed on my parent's last Anniversary, their 49th. My Mom passed on January 10, 2007. God bless them both.
Dear Anita, thank you for all. We´ll miss you very, very much.
With great admiration from the deep of my heart...
1981, I met Anita touring with John Poole. She shared with me about her personal life and jazz. I will remember those moments dearly. She will always be in my heart.
What can I say. I first heard and saw you when I was about 3 when I saw "Jazz on a Summer's Day". I remember your infectious good humour, your playfulness, your cheeky smile, that wonderful hat and the baby bouncing on its parent's knee during "Tea for Two". You stand as one of the greats of Jazz and will always be remembered. Time to go and swing with the angels and all your friends.
first heard Anita O'Day in 1955 at a friends house never stopped listen since your voice I hear every day
A true legacy performer - like Billie, Duke, Django and many others she will be around for many years to come.
Thanks for the memories Anita.
An Anita O'Day fan since forever. Caught you at the Hi Note, I think it was, in Chicago some time in the 40s or 50s, sitting at the end of the bar with a drink and a cigarette. Sorry you are gone. Will see you soon.
To me Anita was the greatest jazz singer of them all.
Like many others I first saw and heard her in the Jazz on a Summer's Day movie and was captivated from that moment.
May she be remembered forever.
Raspy, strong willed, witty, elegant and classy; this is what O'Day not only embodied in her singing style but also made me feel. Her work will always be legendary and respected as one of the great jazz female vocalists of our time. May she rest in sweet peace.
Anita Oh how we miss you tonight! Your music is inspirational and loved by this couple in LA. You're The TOP!
Having your music play at my home is like having a Monet in the living room. Met you 3 years ago at the Iridium in between sets. Told you how much your music meant to me, and how much I've been able to apply to my piano playing. I use present tense here, because you certainly are still with us. We are so lucky to have you!
There will never be another Anita O'Day. She was the best!
i really love hearing you tell roy "what you feel roy the heat" will miss you miss O'DAY
I just read a book about female singers that shaped a century called 'Shout Sister Shout' and she was in it and I googled her and now I pay my reguards to Anita.
First saw Anita on Jazz On A Summer's Day
back in the 80s when I was barely 20- Sweet Georgia Brown, blew me away, and god she was sexy. Sublime .
I'm 70 years old and been listening to Anita since beginning of 1950. Just now I going to start a new program and play old records on a nearradio station for people as old as myself. We start to send january 28 and in the end of february it's time for Anita. I don't know yet what it will be, that's up to the citicens of Sandviken, Sweden. But probably I start with You Are The Top. I'm the boss! Greeetings from a cold Sweden.
I am a 34 year old rock musician. i didn't really know to much about Anita until one day i stumbled accross her 1958 Newport jazz festival performance of Tea for Two on Youtube. I have been obsessed with Anita ever since, learning all about her and her incredible life. She was simply amazing.
I drove from San Diego to LA to hear Anita sing at the Vine St. bar in 1990. I had been a huge fan since i was a teenager. i must have been the youngest guy there. she sat with me at the bar on her break & we had a drink together. she was kind, funny, and sassy. she signed all my records.
she was a brilliant musician. i love her.
I met Anita one night many years ago (probably mid to late 60s)at the Village Voice in NYC, when we invited her over to our table, and she actually joined us. What a thrill! The beauty and timbre of her voice and style and her humanity are precious jewels in the crown of American jazz music.
My first exposure to Anita was a week before her passing. I was an instant admirer...what a legacy she has left behind. She will be sorely missed.
KCSM (Jazz 91) here in the Bay Area is doing a pledge drive, and they are running an NPR Jazz Profiles sequence on Anita. Wow! What a great sense of humor (and self). She really had it down. What was it one critic said? "Anita has the drummer in her head..." No lie. She was wonderful, and that kind of music will always live on. God bless her!
Just discovered Anita through her song "Sing, Sing, Sing." What a voice! What a loss for the world of Jazz. I'm just starting to learn about her contribution to Jazz and I'm sure there are lots of musical treasures to be discovered. Thanks for sharing your talents with us, Anita. Rest in peace.
Now from a few times that I've watched the snappy late '30s performance with Anita O'Day on my new Gene Krupa SWING, SWING, SWING DVD, I long for that simpler time when young girls were so agreeably sophisticated and men were gentlemen.
The young generation of the 1930s and '40s sure had more good fun than ours did in the 70s and 80s.
Many thanks to Ms. O'Day and her generation for setting such high performance standards in musical entertainment!
After Listening to a Gene Krupa CD with the song "Let Me Off Uptown", I began to wonder about Anita and where her career had gone to. I am very sad to know that this wonderful talented women had so recently pass away. I wish I could have known her and supported her career. She will not be forgotten!
Uma das ultimas divas do jazz,obrigado por tudo.
Forever in my "Street Of Dreams"
Thank You Very Much
Anita was one of my most favorite jazz vocalists. Her unique phrasings and style was second to none. I will always have her in my heart when I sing the standards she loved so much.
Je viens d'apprendre la nouvelle de son décès. Je suis sous le choc. Miss O'Day was one of the best with Billie, Ella, sarah, Blossom. Her phrasé was unique, and she had an elegant style. She made an excellent jazz. À découvrir encore et à redécouvrir! Thanks Anita!
I was very sad to hear of Anita O'Day's passing. I saw her at the late, lamented Vine St. Bar & Grill in the mid-90s; the first set was so great, I sought her out at the bar between shows and told her I was planning to stay for the second.
Her reply spoke volumes about her focus and sly humor: "Good, we're doing all different songs!!"
She graciously signed her autobiography: "Never believe that jazz isn't alive-- It is, it is! Love, Anita O'Day"
And she's right. Rest in peace, Miss O'Day.
I got to meet Anita when she would bring her car into the shop where my husband worked as a mechanic. She was a cool lady,she'll be missed.
Anita will be in my thoughts and in my prayers. She was an incredible performer, full of energy and talent. Her recordings are prized possesions and a continous fountain of pleasure in my life. God bless her.
Every Time Anita Oday would sing it would leave a definite impact on the audiences whether it was a large jazz concert like Newport or a small night club setting. It was All About Anita she was OUR STAR. Just think about whats going on today? Back up singers back up electronic amps special lighting super props to make the new generation of singers supposed to sound better? ANITA ODAY did not need any special crutches she was the ULTIMATE . You could sit down and listen to any ANITA ODAY record from the past or her most current work and get a lesson and education on how GREAT and MASTERFULL a woman can sing. Today you hear something on the radio and its lost and gone. ANITA ODAY the ultimate entertainer the super talent has left us with her music that is an encyclopedia of jazz that is tasty romantic swinging. Her wit and tender phrasings are works of art. ANITA ODAY you are an ANGEL and GOD GIFTED talent always and forerver and ever.
So Sad, you're gone but your sound will stay with us all for ever. Your voice, phrasing, tone harmonics just blow me away, what a gig you must have up there, I gave my bone away as I lost my lungs but you will sing forever, thank you.
I just recently discovered Anita's music. She is wonderful. I have shared her music with my children, so her legacy will go on.
Magne from Norway, met you at the Grand hotell in oslo 1993
A MEMORY OF ANITA: I am 72 now but I knew Anita when I was 16 years old and she was married to Karl Hoff (my Aunt's brother) in Wisconsin. We would play canasta and sing and talk with my mom and dad. I asked her how do you make those incredibly beautiful sounds. Her answer, so simple, so honest "Honey, it's all in the diaphragm. She was a sweet and kind lady and a fabulous jazz singer.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
It was at a jazz camp when I first heard the wonderful voice of Anita. "Tea For Two" was the song I heard. From that moment on I was in love with Anita's songs. I will deaply miss her!
Peel me a grape! this song was one of many jewels recorded By Ms. O'Day and my father Cal Tjader back in 1962. 40 plus years later..it still sounds fresh. She always managed to stay current with her stylings.. another treasure lost and will be sorely missed. Thank God for recordings to preserve the Beauty of music and artists alike.
Nobody, not Ella, Billie or even Sarah, has even come close to touching my soul like the singing of Anita. My husband, a jazz drummer, loved your singing so much. I hope the two of you are together in heaven, with all of the other jazz cats, making great music. With much love and appreciation.
Colorado Springs, CO
Anita, it was a sad message that reached just the other day. Since I live in Sweden and we don't always get to hear all the news from the US..
It's empty without you, but thanks to your wonderful voice you will always live on in my mind. Thank you for all the fantastic music you gave us.
My Dear Anita,
The new year will not be the same without you!
But with your music I can close my eyes and feel your presence.
I have learned so much from you - to be able to accept what may come my way, don't look back, do what I love to do.
Goodbye Anita, I shall never forget you and will always love you!
I only found out of your passing today-I first heard about you when I watched Jazz on a summers day a couple of years ago.You were one of the reasons I have startrd to appreciate Jazz.God and his angels are sooo lucky.
May ALLAH (G-D) grant you paradise. Thank you for using the gift that G-D gave you for our enjoyment.
I am sad very much. You very were the attractive singer. I continue to hear your song how long, probably will be.
Along with Anita, Ella and Billie do not forget Peggy. Goodness your music has brought me such pleasure over the years. Now Heaven has another heavenly voice!
Dear Anita, We enjoyed your music very much this christmas. Thank you for dedicating your life to make music. You are superb and an American -National Treasure. God Bless You
Anita, Ella, Billie... They should live forever.
I first saw Anita in the movie "Jazz on a summer's day". My parents had all her records. I moved from Scotland to Canada and had the pleasure of hearing her at the Town or Colonial Tavern in Toronto. I went every evening the week she was there. She very kindly came over to our table and asked if we would like a request. With that she sang "Body and Soul" for me. I will never forget it.
I met Anita and Robbie at her concert at SUNY-New Paltz and truly had a wonderful evening. Anita was both sassy and dear. She made this fan in a wheelchair a happy man. May she keep on singing in heaven.
I was first introduced to the extraordinary talents of this lady in 1958, with that great album where Anita was acompanied by Oscar Peterson and am still totally hooked. A great loss indeed but thank you for your output, to be enjoyed for ever.
I have collected jazz recordings for over a half century. Anita's were among my favorites, and I only got to see her live one time, in New York, with a Krupa combo in 1960. One thing I loved was her sense of fun and good humor.
Anita was such a cool lady! She used O'Day as pen name. O'Day is pig-latin for Dough! She had a terrific sense of humor....she will be missed.
You were one of my favourites, Anita. You made me love jazz. The first cassette I ever bought was... you with Gene Krupa. Being a (little) drummer myself my favourite music-number was, of course, "drummin' man"!
Thanks for being in my life.
Merry Christmas to ANITA ODAY. you have always captured our hearts with your dynamic singing. This Christmas you are in Heaven with all the Jazz Greats. Gene Krupa is jamming with you. Roy Eldbridge is with you and so is Stan Kenton Stan Getz Buddy Rich and all the great jazz musicians are with you now and forever. We love you Anita and your records will always be there for us to listen to and keep your super tremendous voice with us. Merry Christmas to our ANITA ODAY. We will always love you forever and ever.
I'm actually at loss for words. But my deepest sympathies to those who have been close with Anita...I have been trying to get in touch with her for many years. My father is her nephew, Charles John O'Day. I'm her "long lost" great neice from her brother's family line. My name is Erin Daisy O'Day. I would have loved to have had a chance to meet this amazing and talented woman, but I know that I possess her beauty and talent. I hope to share with the world her, our, greatness.
You have always been my favourite singer from way back growing up in England. I will miss you.
I have just read your autobiography, Hard Times High Times and although I didn't know you, I sure wish I did. You are a brilliant person, dear Anita. I will always treasure your contribution...twinkle twinkle big star.
Anita,you had the greatest female jazz voice i ever heard.What a shame you couldnt have treated us to the sound of it forever.youll show those angels a thing or two!
I met Anita in Hawaii 1969. I was married to her drummer, John Poole, for 28 years and have written her life story. A lot of memories...
Gifted voice, joyfull, tender and warm. When I listen to Anita everything has a better colour. Thanks for living and for sharing your voice, the voice of a great heart.
I love you and I will love you forever, Anita.
The first time I met Anita was at the Summer House Inn in La Jolla. I was a young fan and when I asked if I could speak to her she said "as long as you keep buying me drinks, kid, I'll keep talking to you." I exhausted my wallet that day, but the memories were worth it. Ten years later, as I was walking to work, I saw Anita again. She had just moved in next door. To have a hero and a genius such as she living near me was amazing. I spoke to her often during those years, and think back on those conversations fondly. Such a treat is rare and I will always cherish my memories of her and the legacy of brilliant music she's left behind. She was a true inspiration to me, and a hell of a lady. We miss you Anita
my only sighting of this lady of song was an old video of the 1958 newport jazz festival. I was watching it in the 1980 and it was just familiar , but this tyme something was added to the sporit of the thing. Of course Miss Oday sent me all over the city of london on just the strength of song. It was a hot , humd nite in nyc ...so pretty her electric smile looking down to us yeaa I love it man
I was fortunate to see Anita perform several dates in Los Angeles in 2000 and 2001. Her rhythm and grace never faded. Her wit was sharp and on target. I will always be grateful for the opportunities to experience her talent, in person and on the LPs and CDs I keep.
I hope you stay singing for somebody, wherever you are.
You´ll stay being my inspiration.
You are the most.
Aurora, Jazz Apprentice
We only heard of Anita's passing in the last day or so and spent much of last night watching her performance at Newport on the 'Jazz On A Summer's Day' DVD.
Anita was an amazing singer, the likes of which I doubt we shall ever see again.
VALE Miss O'Day.
Anita was a one of a kind, a true original. I'm sorry I never got the chance to see her perform live. Thankfully she left behind a rich recorded legacy for all of us to enjoy. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.
I'm sorry I never met you, but you
will always live in my memory. You made me love you
Michael, age 39 Palm Springs
I love Anita! You have given me the power to live.
Rest and peace...
I am so sorry for Ms. Day's family and close friends. What a tremendous loss this is. Take care. I was fortunate to hear Anita O'Day perform at the Dazzle Club in Denver a few years ago. She was the guest of honor for the Denver Jazz Film Festival. She was beautiful and so very impressive. I'll always remember her rendition of "Blue Skies". Love.
I got into Anita O'Day around 1989 or 1990 when People Magazine did an article on her... I went out and got some of her music and understood why she was one of the greats and why Chris Connor and the late June Christy learned so much from her, Anita was fantastic and one of my favorites!
Anita always had a special place in my heart. My first album was when I was 13 years old. It was the Anita album. It blue me away,I was hooked. The first time I ever saw Anita was in San francisco in the early sixties at a small club in North Beach called Off Broadway. She was very tan. I guess it was when she came back from Hawaii. The second time was El Madidor in North beach much later. Then there was Trudy Hellers, Carlos 11, Marty's the night the taped the evening with Harry Reasoner. She sat at my table And sighned a great picture of herself featured in a calender by Barbara Brovnik. the calenders title was, The Song I see. Then there was the Iridium where Robbie took a picture of myself and Anita that proudly graces my wall. I sent one of the pictures to Anita and she returned it to me sighned. Oh also there was her comeback to Lincoln center. I got into the green room and had a lovely time. Later on. I heard they left her standing on the street. There was the legends concert at the Blue note. When she saw me she said she had a group picture with me in it from the night at Lincoln Center. I identified very much With Anita and her life. We went through some of the same things and I also consider myself a surviver . I am so sad that she's gone. It's just beginning to become a reality that she's not with us anymore. I am so greatful to have been blessed with her music. I think that Robby was so important to her for the last 7 years. He helped her do what she new how to do best. She could'nt have had a better friend. My condolences to Robbie,to me and the world. I will always remember you, Anita
As one who had the cherished opportunity to call Anita my friend in the last months of her wonderful life, I want to personally send my love to all who have written in and expressed their wishes, dreams and thoughts regarding our darling "song stylist." I know Anita would be so touched by your love and kindness. She was a gentle, humble, giving individual. I know she is in heaven smiling. I miss her more each day, as we all do and will. Happy Holidays, fellow friends of Anita, and, as with Anita, I feel you all to be family. Many blessings to you in the new year!
From the first time I listened to Anita O'Day I was hit by her singin and her sound.
She's been and she still ,is a constant inspiration for my playing and my thinking about life&music..
Bird lives!, Anita lives!
The first time that I heard Anita O'Day's music was while watching the film made about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival several years ago. I was smitten by her voice and her soulful sound. She was truly one of the best jazz singers in the world. My only regret is that I never got to hear her in person.
Anita, your music and your memory will live on in our hearts. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.
One of the all time greats particularly when singing in the Krupa band, Her singing was effortless and she sounded as if she loved every minute of it. Thank goodness we still have her recordings to listen to. I for one will always want to hear her sing.
Bought myself a jazz compilation in the early 90s, Anita was in it with TENDERLY ...AND I WAS HOOKED! What a voice, what a talent, what a pleasure to listen to her over and over and over again...I've collected ALL her work since then...TIMELESS ANITA, ANITA FOREVER!!
I remember Anita best from the "Jazz on a Summer's Day" movie - so much style, such a great voice and so cool and "modern".
What a privilege to give homage to this splendid singing star. I hated hearing that news on the radio. And the memories! I'm 79 now and she was my idol from early high school days.
Thank you so much, Anita. Everyone who loves jazz and great jazz singers will miss you and keep you in their heart.
Anita, I will love you for ever.
Your voice was something else.
May You Rest In Peace.
Anita! You are the greatest! I love your work and your dedication to your art. I will always treasure your music.
We were and are so lucky to have you and your music. It is my hope that your life was as wonderful for you as your singing was for us. We will miss you but your music will go on. Our heartfelt thanks to you - you will be so missed. Much love.
Anita's Honeysuckle Rose with the base player accompanist from Buddy Bregman ( 50's recording) is as fresh now as 50 years ago. A great singer who is up there with Ella and Sarah.
My introduction to Anita, as I like to call her, was her LP album Sing the Winners. Living in Puerto Rico in the mid sixties was hot easy to find her music. As time went by and progress filled my needs I was able to get my share of her interpretations. Of course my CD of Sing the Winners is still my favorite. I never saw her perform, for that I will ever be sorry. Sing for me Anita.
I love u. You are my hero.
Always and foremost the jazz female singer who made everyone pay attention and learn all about what jazz is. I listened to you many many times with the Krupa band and with Kenton and with you singing in all those great jazz quartets. Man oh Man there will never ever be anyone like you ANITA. Just the way you could scat and the phenominal way you could sing slow tunes and add so much substance and grace. Today you could listen to a thousand radio stations and watch al the American Idol shows but no one and I mean no one could have that class sound . There is no comparisons. ANITA ODAY will always always be in our hearts and her wonderfull singing will sustain forever and ever. We love you ANITA. always Will.
Anita is one of my favorite singers and I'm glad I had the pleasure of seeing her perform a few years ago and shaking her hand afterward. She was a very special, unique and interesting lady.
Lots of love to you Anita.
I met Anita at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit around 1979 or 1980. She came into town unadvertised and the crowd was sparse. She sat at the table with my girl and I between sets - I still have the autographed album she signed for me that evening. She played with a local pianist - Gary Shunk - and it was like a private concert with Anita - what a class lady, what a musician! She'll live in my heart forever...
I loved your style not to mention your voice! Thanks for recording for us all to enjoy forever. I'll help to keep it alive.
You captured my teenage heart in the middle 50's and you still haven't let go.
Thanks for many years and many many songs. Lately I've be DJ'ing at swing dances and I've been able to bring your swing to a whole new generation of dancers.
You are already missed, but you have left and amazing legacy for the ages.
Thanks for the memories
We all love you so much for your tremendous voice, beauty, style and wit. You will forever live on in your words and recordings as a great American jazz legend.
Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to us all! Your recordings continually inspire my own singing more than you’ll ever know.
May your family and friends be comforted with the fact you lived such a long and full life. You did more living in one lifetime than most do in 10. I only wish I could’ve met you and hugged you just once. These people who knew you were so lucky.
Much praise, thanks, and love Miss “Jezebel of Jazz”- you were the real deal,
The only time I heard you live was in November 1987 in Solingen/Germany.You kindly signed your book "High Times Hard Times" for me and we had some small talks.
Today I sat down in my music room and listened for some hours to your wonderful recordings and "My tears flowed like wine..."
Thank you for everything you gave me!
I met Anita in 2002 when I played piano for her at Atlas. We also had our photos taken for Vanity Fair Magazine. BY ANNIE LIBOWITZ. What A fantastic experience, what a fantastic lady! Thanks to Larry Flahive (me), Jim DeJulio and Jack Lecomp we had a great experience playing for Anita! We will remeber her with the fondest memories and respect!
I was first introduced to the great talent of Anita O'Day through my dear friend Devon Clayton in 1979 while we were college students at UCLA. We attended many of her L.A. nightclub performances throughout the 1980s. I remember many performances at the Vine Street Bar and Grill. On one night I was fortunate enough to buy her a drink and chat her up for an hour as we sat in a booth before her set at Vine St. She was as engaging in her live conversation as she was in her one-of-a-kind interpretation of jazz singing. She was really a key innovator of jazz music in America and will be remembered as one of the all time greats. I continue to collect her music to this day, and have every CD of her music that has ever been released. What a talent! What a unique individual! What a legend! They threw away the mold after her. I am thrilled and privlidged to have met and experience her gift in person. I am saddended that we have almost reached the end of an era of the great jazz legends. Chris Connor is the last one left. We will miss you greatly Anita. You were my favorite!!
I met Anita back in the 80's, when she was singing at "Charlie's" in DC. She was the best! Despite reviews to the contrary, she was a professional! The best Jazz vocalist that there ever was! Thank you, Anita!
If the spirit goes on then I'll be listening.
Anita has been my favorite female vocalist since my teens in the 50's,saw her at Krupas,Michaels Pub,David Ks,Newport (four years running)Owned 78's,33s,8 tracks,CDs,and now mp3s of most all of her great recordings.Had the great pleasure of having a real converstion a few with her on a couple of ocasions. God Bless you Anita and thanks for a lifetime of great music.
Dear Anita, I chatted with you at the bar of Pizza on the park when you were last in London. You signed your book for me. I will remember that night forever. I am a jazz singer and all my idols are gone now. Thank goodness you sung 'til the end otherwise I would never have had the honour of meeting you. You were and will always be one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. I will spend the rest of my life working hard to achieve a fraction of your talent. Rest in peace, thank you for your music.
I just loved her. She could swing like crazy! Being a drummer, I first heard her because I was checking out Gene Krupa, and ended up playing Thanks for the Boogie Ride about a thousand times. She was a true jazz legend.
I discovered Anita O'Day's singing via an old Gene Krupa boxed LP set back when I was in college between 1970 and '72(I was a music major at
a local community college in Coos Bay,Oregon.The one record I wish I had was her OKeh 78 of "Green Eyes";
Hearing her with Roy Eldredge was a truly a thrill.
I was born in Chicago in 1940. Two of my mother's younger sisters and a younger brother lived with us in the early 1940s. That's the way families were back then.
My Aunt Ruth, 22 years old in 1940, worked at the nearby phone company. Every payday throughout the late 1930s and 1940s, she brought home three or four 78s, including quite a few by Anita O'Day.
Like us, Anita was from Chicago, so we were big fans of hers. As a small boy, I liked her records most of all.
Beginning in 1949, I began collecting my own records. Later in life, I hosted my own big band show in Chicago.
In 1997, my Aunt Ruth died, and I inherited all of her 78s. They still sound so good to me after all of these years.
To this day, Anita O'Day has remained one of my favorites. I will miss her deeply.
Anita was 10 years older than I and I have been a fan of hers literally all my life. She was, of course, a fantastic singer and performer, but above all, she seemed to add class to everything she did and sang. We will miss her greatly.
Anita, Your single-minded devotion to your art will remain a model to us all. Your extraordinary talent will ensure your place in music history. It was great to know you and enjoy your fantastic sense of humor and learn from your relentless joie de vivre. Thank you Robbie for compassionately caring for her and making sure she will not be forgotten.
She was a great vocalist that I always loved to listen to. She will always be remembered.
My Dear Anita,
The sadness of loosing you on this earth is going to make your spirit continue to be felt and influential all over the world. When my father died, I was only 16 years old and he was my world..I knew that the only gift that I could give to him was to live by his example and continue his talent and unselfish ways. The only gift that I can give to you is to give back to you what you have given me. I studied voice classically in NYC. But your soul made such an impression on me and I didn't realize it...and I just fell into working with Ray Nance, Roy Eldridge and the same school of musicians that you did...I learned to sing from my soul because of you....I am getting ready to do a CD called "Blackbery Winter" in NYC with my guitarist and leader, Lou Volpe and I hope that the spirit of you comes through my voice and that I can continue your influence on young singers....I know that God heard you when you sang "Let me off Uptown" cause you and Roy Eldridge are making some great music together! You will never die, you are the one and only!!!!!
Jazz singer, Debbie Lang, The Glenn Miller Sciety
Oh! Anita, I am devastated by your passing. You were the greatest!
May your name live for ever more to anyone remotely interested in jazz - it certainly will to me.
I was working with the Tommy Merle Trio at the Cockpit on Vineland Blvd. North Hollywood in the early '50s when Anita came in with a Bass player that often sat in. Think his name was Whitehead. Shared an apartment with John Poole who was working in Hawaii at the time. I went to the apartment to repair Poole's television set.
Whitehead said he had been a trumpet player before an auto accident that ruined his chops. So he taught accordion for a living while studying bass. He would take a lesson on accordion and then go to his students home to teach that lesson. He told me that Anita helped him get started as a bassist. Whitehead played several cuts of unreleased Anita recordings with a small jazz group that I remember as better than any of the releases I had heard of her with the big bands.
Anita didn't sing with our trio at the Cockpit but invited us to her rented bungalow in the valley to play for an after hours party on two occasions. I never even got my horn out of the case there.
Anita was not called the Jezebel of Jazz at that time. But it is coincidental that Darlene Thom that played Bass in our trio was the daughter of Wayne Shanklin who wrote "Jezebel".
Now, more than 50 years later, I am working with The Riverboat Ramblers, a roving trio at the Colorado Belle in Laughlin, NV.
Fond memories of a great talent.
Thanks Anita, Hal Simpson
Anita was the best singer who sang with the Gene Krupa Band and on her own, with that slightly husky voice, she excelled. She will be truly missed but her recordings will live on forever.
You are the exemplar of style and vocalese. You inspired me to create an entire collection based on your marvelous recordings. I have been a fan since I was a teenager. I will alway cherish our lunches together. With much love and admiration.
I served Anita early Brunch in Louie's Westside Cafe, Amsterdam Ave, NYC in 1994. She was playing The Inn On The Green that evening. I didn't know her, but got chatting as the restaurant was empty (post-breakfast/pre-lunch). She ordered cocktail after cocktail and told me about her career. My old pal Jimmy Lyons was a jazz afficionado, so I called him and we went along that evening to see a great show. She made time to talk to us and we sat for a few minutes at a table with her. What a dame!
I was sitting w/ family at my sister's for Thanksgiving dinner, when the news came over the TV. Oh how strange, we had been listening to her Cole Porter CD.
I loved the way she could belt out "From This Moment On".
Hollywood Memorial/Forever Cemetary? How D'lightful. I'll pay her my respects while also visiting my Grandmother and Uncle.
I was so honored to be at the Saturday memorial to Ms. O'Day. You could feel the love. The shared memories and loving anecdotes enveloped the over-flow chapel. A fitting send-off to a true legend.
I feel honored that I had the privilege of playing piano for Anita O Day, one of the all time greatest contributors to the jazz scene. Her backing trio at that time included John Poole, Drums, and Wolfgang Melz, Bass. See you in the nightclub upstairs Anita.
The jazz world is devastated over the passing of Anita O'Day. I met her in the sixties but have listened to her fabulous recordings for a lot longer than that. She was truly great. She was an unbelievable performer and a truly good lady.
I had the fascinating and memorable pleasure of meeting Anita through our mutual friend Robbie. This woman had moxie! I want to thank Robbie for introducing me to her personally but also to her music and unique voice and sound. She will be remembered, that is for sure!!
Anita O'Day was the last of the greats. A truly sad passing for all of us jazzheads.
Thanks to Anita's friends who were so good to her. The memorial service in Los Angeles was a wonderful send-off. What a ride Anita had!
the last of the greatest jazz singers..there ain't anymore....
we'll never forget you...
I have been listening to Anita's recording with O. Peterson in 1956 for days and have felt so inspired by her sassy style and incredible musicianship. I thought I'd google her and now find she has just passed. Incredibly synchronistic. She has such a unique gift -- I will continue to listen and learn.
we have been jazz fans forever, and you are one of our favorites.
you will be dearly missed by everyone who knew you and loved your music..................
One of my favourite jazz vocalists. Put her stamp on every song she sang! Play her cds in the car, around the house when I get up for another day. Her singing will live on !!!!! She was just marvelous !!!!
Anita; you set the stage! You are heard with the singing of ALL female vocalists. Keely Smith,June Ghristy,yes even Doris Day...ALL of them heard and adopted your most unique and melodic style. I've been listening to you from the time I was fifteen years old and NEVER tire of listening...sleep well, sweetie...you'll NEVER be forgotten!
I saw her with Stan Kenton at the Temple Theatre in Tacoma, Washington in 1960. A great concert and a great Lady of Jazz. Thank's for the memories.
What voice! What an instrument! Such talent! Dearly loved and admired - you live on Ms. O'Day through the legacy of your fabulous recordings.
Since childhood (am 49 now) my love of jazz, and life, was edified by Ms O'Day, Mr. Kurpa and the like. You will never be forgotten. An icon who loved and lived her craft. A genuine entertainer.
Don't the moon look lonesome shinin' through the trees... I was there when this became a hit.... Thanks for everything, Anita.....
Thanks for the memories. You are one of the best female vocalist.
thanks anita from a wartime english schoolboy
I have been an Anita fan since first hearing her in the 1950s when I was a teenager. Her recordings will continue to be listed to very often in my home.
You have brought so much joy to our lives through your wonderful music. We'll continue to treasure your legacy... your music... and your maverick spirit. You were a true original and will live forever in the hearts of your friends and fans around the world.
Thank you for your gifts to us.
Daniel & Uta
my 83 year old dad loves 40's music . I downloaded her w/ g.k. two days before her pasing.
You made my life swing and soul sweet. Although we never met, it feels like you've always been there with me in every song I sing. Thank you for everything you have been and forever will be. Thank you for your lifes work and most of all for being the hippest Jazz chick in town.
Forever alive in our hearts
I first heard Anita on a 10" Krupa lp when a teen.
Fan for life.
HyperCool She Is.
I feel sad.
But your music makes me glad.
I know you're swinging with the best on the other side.
See you when I get there.
One of the greatest of all time. My first exposure was hearing her sing "That's What You Think" as a theme song for some DJ back in my adolescent years. She was so amazing it was hard work listening to her, but oh so rewarding! I can't do her justice.
Years ago I was performing in a club in Burbank California late one night and she came in. Wow! But she said she was just in from San Francisco and too tired to sing. You know, there oughta be a law against that...
Anita Oday, you were the last and in my opinion the best of the big named jazz vocalists/ I hope you are this moment giving pleasure singing to others in Heaven
among my fondest & earliest recollections is anita singing "that`s what you think" she made a lifetime admirer out of me,hope she died happy cause she sure made a lot of us happy. god bless!
You're still singing as I write this tribute. So much pleasure over the years and great memories. Always we will have Jazz on a Summers Day and I have my own memories of Anita and John Dankworth 1961 in Blackpool UK.
That classic voice remains.
This is to write my condolences to those that knew Anita along with me. We all appreciate her performances for us and others. A note of condolence is to celebrate a life. Indeed it was a life that she lived very well.
Believe me I remember the many times of fun and music. There was occasional visiting too.
Many thanks Anita.
I discovered Anita way to late in life. Hers and mine. Every newly discovered recording that I find is a musical treasure. How I missed this wonderful talent for the first 40 years of my life is a real mystery.
Anita was one of the great and original jazzsingers. What else can I say... I listened to her beautiful voice again and again and revered to her in my radio program...
Anita O'Day has aways been, to me, one of those few performers who truly inspire others to riase their own game. Her talents as a vocalist matched her humility as a musician and band member. Never the 'diva'. Always that enormous smile, for her audience at least (I have no idea if the same was true for her colleauges)! And we know well enough that all this was maintained at least some of the time in the face of personal difficulties.
Like so many of my generation (1961) I was introduced to Miss O'Day through 'that film' about the Newport Jazz Festival. I then had the very great pleasure of seeing her perform once, at Ronnie Scotts in London during the 1980's, so already very much a senior. During the interval she sat at the bar, happy to chat with her audience. I was amazed that she had the time and patience to talk a spotty little kid such as myself. That was generous by any standards and I have never forgotten it. Needless to say her performance that evening was outstanding, never mind for a lady in her 70's. I've never forgotten that either.
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to her family and closest friends. I get the impression that her long life was thoughroughly enjoyed, especially by herself, to even her latest years. I hope so. For her fans at least we have the memories, the recordings and the film footage. But we shall be the poorer without her around.
Anita O'Day, thank you.
My favorite cup of "Tea", I'll miss you forever!
Thank you for your gift to us, Anita. We won't forget you.
I send sympathy to all her friends and commemoration from the California State Senate. My constituent, Anita O'Day was an enormous talent and we shall all miss her. California State Senator Sheila James Kuehl
Never, ever will there be another Anita..I fell in Love with her from the Video of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival...the Hat and Gloves are the living end! That voice and delivery...she has perfect intonation to boot!! I never met her and I'm crying....still.
Today, December 2, 2006 at 1pm my heart will be in Los Angeles with all the fortunate people who will pay their respects to our beloved Anita. I live across country in FL, therefore can not attend.
I have spent many hours listening to her music - early Krupa days through the final 'Indestructible'. Have watched her videos - “Anita O'Day Live in Tokyo 1963”, “Sweden 1979”, “50th Anniversary Carnegie Hall 1985”. “live at Ronnie Scott's 1986”, “Live In Hollywood 2000” and the screening of the documentary, “Anita O'Day - The Life Of A Jazz Singer”. What a performer!. I could watch her for hours. After watching the videos I feel as if I have been with her personally.
Even though I was never able to see her in person, on several occasions I had the pleasure of speaking with her on the phone. Each time I heard her voice I became so awestruck I ended up saying stupid things, or, completely tongue tied.
I will never forget her - each time I listen to her music the more I love her!
THAT'S ALL ONE HAD TO SAY
Ever since hearing and seeing her in "Jazz on a Summer's Day" she has been special for me, and will always remain so.
An inspiration, an exuberant joy - it made me laugh and cry at the same time when I saw and heard you in Jazz on a Summer's Day because it was so astonishingly, unbelievably wonderful. And your musical invention, your streetwise warmth and intelligence, and your ability to swing like crazy in any setting will always be with me. Thank you.
Anita! Anita!Roy's cry on Let me off at Uptown is my first reaction to the sad news. i am bereft and in tears as i post this eulogy. what a legacy you have bequeathed to us. Jazz on a Summer's Day dvd, Gene Krupa's Drummin man cd. i shall use my christmas presnts book and record tokens to buy all the material about one of the greatest voices in jazz.
I'm in deep sadness.
Anita, you're the top!
One and only the greatest jazz singer!
You will be living in us forever.
God bless you. with much love from your son
As a seventy five your old male, have followed her career and always recognised what a talent she had.
Just cant think of any of the current crop of talent we have enduring as she has. Good on yer girl.
Anita! Oh Anita! what a blast I had hanging out with you in the 80's at Kimball's, The Venetian Room, The Jazz Safari, The Plush Room, The Backlot, and everywhere else I saw you. You are the coolest lady around, and I treasure my memories of us between sets just hangin' out laughing, drinking scotch, bumming smokes off of each other, and talking music. Thank you for putting up with this jazz-crazed teenager who just couldn't get enough of "Four Brothers", "Wave", and everything else you sang - YOU ROCK! Love you always, "The San Francisco Kid - Yeah!"
I was so sad to hear of the passing of Anita. I found Anita as a teenager in the early 50s when I lived in the UK.
Anita, you always raised the hairs on the back of my neck, especially with "How High the Moon". Keep singing up there.
We never met but, love from Eric
Thanks for everything you gave us and most important for being you. You will surely be missed.
I first heard Anita when I was a student at the University of Hawaii in 1966. There was a lovely little jazz club in Waikiki, and Sunday afternoons the great house band, the Joe Castro Trio, would have jam sessions. One Sunday Miss O'Day came in--I knew nothing about her at the time--and as I sat on that 2nd story lanai, she sang "Little Girl Blue." I just about fell out of my chair. I was 22 and in love with her voice and with her; and have been ever since. I still have tears in my eyes writing this.
I'm a WWII veteran who got out alive in the Fall of '46. I still remember the jazz and swing era that refreshed me daily thru the AFRS who sent the music to us abroad. It was a mainstay to the troops and enabled us to get a vivid memory of home, our ultimate goal. Anita was among the best of the girl singers of our generation. I can't think of anything better than to say "Thank you for letting us share your gift in and after our time of trial."
Thank You , Anita, for your great musical style! You've been an inspiration to us all. I am lucky enough to be a band leader and can play some of the "boogie tunes" that you have established for us - you will live on in our hearts!
Musically yours, June Dalton and Ladies Must Swing Big Band
Anita, I was so sad to hear that the last great vocalist from the golden era of jazz has passed away... you will not be forgotten!
The choir of angels in Heaven needed a new voice, so God got the best singer he could find.
Anita belongs to the top four of the very best jazz singers of our time. I still remember and will never forget Anita’s concert in Stockholm a nice summer day in August 1964. She was extraordinary!
Anita's voice and style represented the 20th century jazz singer -- in fact she was into music and understood the democratic demensions of jazz. I found many pleasing hours listening to her, she will not be forgotten.
Dear Anita, i will never forget your fantastic last concert in Berlin/Germany some years ago and that i could talk to you a little. Many thanks for your wonderful voice. You are and will be forever one of the best song stylists of all time. Your version of SUMMER SAMBA ist the definite one !!! Goodbye Anita ! Kisses from Michael
Anita O'Day's approach to jazz singing will live on in the many
vocalists who have been touched by her voice. I have and will continue to learn so much from all of her recordings - truly legendary. She will never be forgotten, thanks to all she contributed to the jazz
community. Her style was absolutely unique and incredibly inspiring!
My Mom was a huge fan and I remember her loving Anita's voice. I say was, because My Mom left the earth on November 25 1995. My Mom's best years were dancing to the music that Anita sang. I love her voice too. It makes me wish I could have been there to watch her groove. Her voice was an instrument.
Anita O'Day was one I thought for sure would always be around.
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC AND VOICE YOU SHARED WITH THE WORLD.YOU ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL GOOD.
I was saddened to hear about Anita O'Day I first encountered her style many years ago on Jazz on a Summers Day and her beautiful voice has continued to enthrall me over the years every time I gaze at the stars I will remember Anita O'Day she will always shine like a star
We derive energy and motivation from beautiful sights beautiful sounds, Anita gave that to us for many years with her extraordinary sound and the form of Jazz she herself created.. Her voice and music will continue to be a joy to me, as it will for many. Deep, abiding joy is available to anyone who learns the secret's to pursuing every task with energy and dedication, as though it were a calling. That is what I will remember her most for; her music and dedication to her life and dreams to bring happiness to the world though her music. We love you Anita
Thank you for all of the great music, you will always be my favorite.
My sympathy to her family and friends at this time.
Thank you for my favourite song of all time, Peanut Vendor.
I saw Anita O'Day sing twice - in Monterey, Calif. in 1966 and Beverly, Mass. about 10 years later - I wrote a story about the Beverly appearance for the newspaper where I worked. She had an incredible presence and what a great singer! A few nights ago the local jazz show in Boston played several songs of hers in a row and I thought, oh no. I always hoped I'd see her a third time. Well, as someone once told me, it's not the quantity of time it's the quality and she was quality.
A soul that came down to sing
N be came the Jazzbel of Jazz
I know,all she wanted is to perform
T o day lord,she sings for you
A Legacy for ever more
I'm very sad about this tremendous loss. Anita O'Day was one of a kind. I will not forget one of my first encounters with the world of jazz, Anita's amazing performance at Newport Fest 1959, her style and singing were truly in a class of their own.
My sympathy to her family and may she rest in peace.
Wow, Anita had a voice like velvet that came from deep inside her soul. Her music and renditions will live on forever. Timeless.
As a teen I heard Miss O'Day first in my city Mexico City back in the 80s and fell in love with her voice and style. Super Anita will always be remembered as an international great # 1 figure of jazz. Love you.
Anita O'Day had the sound of defiant joy in her voice that could change one's mood from gloomy to glorious.
I believe she is most likely jamming in heaven with Gene Krupa and Roy Eldridge on her signiture tune: "Let Me Off Uptown"
Thank you Anita for all the energy and emotion you put into a lyric. You were truly one of a kind.
So many years of pleasure you have given us. You will be sadly missed by so many people.
`Love for Sale`a great recording!
Anita O'Day, your spirit and lagacy live on in your music. A gift and treasure the world over. I'll see you on the other side. Blessed be thee.
No more Anita's Blues for those Angel Eyes. We will never forget
her voice nor her soul.
Thank you, Anita
As a DJ and remixer, if I had only one, ONE person I could remix in the entire history of the known world, it would be Anita. Her voice was like silk, or velvet.It was spellbinding and mesmorizing.And her personality... she was buck wild! God.... what... a... woman. Anita, dear I love you like crazy.
Tashi "Beat Priest"
Anita, everything about you and your time on this earth was a miracle. You touched many many more people than you will ever know, and will continue to do so. Your successful battle with addictions amazes me. Your voice, and style is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
I saw you in the Gay Pride Parade in LA about 5 years ago. DAMN! I was so happy to see you there, and you looked like you were loving it.
Thank you for coming to us, and being the great woman that you are.
Heard her spirited conversation of 1997 re-played today on NPR/Terri Gross' Fresh Air. Strong sassy unapologetic ladies live on forever and now she has indeed been freed from the place that she requested her dear friend to "get me out of..." Now she is free to sing her song forever.
I only recently turned on to Anita... and by accident no-less. I was really taken with her bold and beautiful voice. I needed to know who this singer was. I researched her on the internet, looked at her photographs closely and read her biography. I became a fan for life. Today with sadness I listened to Anita's 1987 interview with Terry Gross on Public Radio. I feel a void same as I would if I lost a good friend. I wish I could have thanked her. What a cool lady. What a treasure.
Dearest Anita - you know how high the moon is-
I miss you a lot
Anita's music remains very popular within the lindy hop (swing dance) community, and it is through swing that I was fortunate enough to experience her music. Her work with Gene Krupa's orchestra in particular has several hits--such as "Watch the Birdie", "Massachusetts", and "Opus One"--that are regularly covered by DJs at dances.
Rest assured, as long as there is swing dancing (and there will *always* be swing dancing!), Anita's work will remain alive and well, with new generations continually introduced to her cheerful and charming voice.
Jazz won't be quite the same! Thanks for the music.
One of a handful of the true greats in jazz.Anita,you will be missed.
She is my absolute favorite!!
she will be missed
Goodness. I can't beleive this but I heard her voice for the first time after reading of her death in the newspaper. Sorry I missed her. She will live on in my fortunate ears.
What a voice. What a story.
I first heard her sing on the Travlin Light album in the early '60s. I first saw her live at the Old Half Note on Hudson & spring St. I became her friend in the mid '70s. In the mid '80s our lives took us in different directions. It was a great privilege to have known her. I am grateful that she allowed me to intrude into her life and that she accepted me as a friend.I can't think of her as gone. I can still feel her somewhere directing the show and rearranging the furniture.
I crank the radio up everytime I hear her sing, what a talent,what a life. She was one of a kind and is already back with her friends havin a ball.
I had the pleasure of doing lights and sound for Anita in the 70's at Reno Sweeney and several other NYC clubs. She was a trip. And I learned so much about phrasing during those gigs.
Thanks, Anita, for all of the pleasure your recordings have brought me through the years.
I remember talking some years ago to John Poole in Chicago (the city had just proclaimed 'Anita O'Day Day') and he said to me "most people just don't get Anita, her musical focus goes over their heads." She looked at us, smiled and said "people have heads?" and wandered away. For those of us who did 'get' her, she was a great gift. Bye Anita; soft fade.
She sang so great with so much charm.
I WAS SHOPPING FOR MUSIC IN AUSTIN, WHEN I HEARD THIS GORGEOUS SOULFUL VOICE FILL THE RECORD STORE. I IMMEDIATELY ASKED WHO IT WAS AND WAS INTRODUCED TO THE FABULOUS MS. O'DAY. IN A DAY OF HIP HOP CULTURE AND PEARL JAM, ANITA'S VOICE WAS THE ONE THAT RESONATED WITH THIS 22-YEAR-OLD. I'M SAD SHE'S GONE.
I've seen Ian's and Robbie's wonderful film about Anita a few times, and I fall in love with her all over again every time I see it. She is an inspiration of courage, and dedication.
I just listened to a replay of her 1987 interview with Terri Gross on WDET. Ms. O'Day sounded like quite a character...someone I would have liked to have known. She had a wonderful singing voice and I'm looking forward to collecting some of her music.
I loved hearing her interview on Terri Gross today. What a voice, what a great personality.
when i was a junior in high school i had the incredible honor to meet you. and sit at the brown derby in los angeles and play the role of your 'caretaker' for the evening. since i was underage and not aloud in the club. but thanks to robbie, this was able to happen.
say hello to ella, dinah, lady day, sarah, mel, joe, chet, june and carmen for me. you havent left my mind since that day and i'm not sure you ever will.
see you uptown....
I first heard Anita when I was a child and had a 78RPM of "Thanks For the Boogie Ride," and have been loving her since then. I am so saddened for our loss of this one of a kind person. I always wanted the chance to meet and thank her for sharing her gift. That didn't happen, unfortunately. I found an autographed copy of "A Song for You" Lp from 1984 recently, which lit me up. I own many of the wonderful 78s she sang on and will miss her. Oh, & I still own that copy of "Thanks For the Boogie Ride," I love you, sweetheart and you are in my prayers as you always were. Give my regards to Joe and Harry and the gang.
With much love,
I discovered Anita by accident about five years ago, and immediately began to build a cd collection which covers her recording career. Although I lack the musical knowledge to fully appreciate her vocal skills and interpretation I still love listening to her, and the great musicians who accompanied her. I discovered about her passing when I read her obituary in one of the major daily newspapers here in New Zealand, just the day after purchasing another of her cd's. I also have a copy of her frank and fascinating book. Thank you Anita, Rest in Peace,
Anita was cutting edge and passionately headstrong with her sound, she will be sorely missed.
Anita O'Day was truly one of a kind--there will never be another like her. May her music continue to bring happiness to all who listen and her legacy provide inspiration to all who follow.
I have always preferred instrumental music to vocal, but Anita O'Day's voice was an instrument, and she was a virtuoso on it.
I'll miss her music, and will miss her sharp mind.
I discovered Anita about 10 years ago after watching "jazz on a summers day"After seeing this angel grooving on the stage,I was hooked!I scoured stores,collecting her Verve catalog,reading her book and was constantly amazed at the talent she had.I am saddened to learn of her passing(a friend called me that Thursday to let me know)but will forever cherish her legacy of music that she left to us all.Anita you are truly the top!!
Anita O'Day has given, and will continue to give, people great joy. I know the road was tough for her, but like other genius innovators, she built something spectacular out of her suffering. There will never be another like her.We have to be grateful for her legacy of music as that will never die. In fact,
neither will she. No doubt she has been met by Ella and Louis and Sarah and Peggy and Frankie and June and Gene and Nat and Duke and Cab and Carmen and Dinah and Nina and Chet and Stan and Billy and the lustrous Ms. Langford. Probably rode the same cloud as that terrific "On the Town" and "Wonderful Town" and "Singin' in the Rain" lady, Betty Comden. Here's to Anita who wanted just one thing: Love! Always in our hearts. PS: Hope she'll do a gig for me when I arrive!
I didn't discover Anita until a few years ago. I knew her peers, but somehow missed her until a friend loaned me the massive box set. She was amazing and will be missed.
I first heard Anita O'Day sing when I was a teenager in the 1970's, my parents would play her records at dinner parties they hosted. Subsequently, I too would play Anita's sings when having dinner parties at my house. As a 44 year old, I can appreciate the swing era of music to which she made a contribution to, and I must say I will miss her. Thankfully, I will still have her music to play and therefore she will always be remembered. So when my wife and I heard of her passing, we said a toast to her at dinner that night, while listening to her music of course.
Thanks to Robbie and his friends for finding Anita in her retirement and getting her back singing! My sister and I had the pleasure of hearing her sing at Aztec's in LA a few years back. It was touching and phenomenal. Rest in peace, Anita. You are loved.
one of the first song I heard Anita singing was "A nightingale sang in Berkeley square" . Then I became a fan and bought most of her records.
I had the opportunity to see her in 1988 in Paris and she was great.
Anita, you'll still be the nightingale singing for us peacefully in Berkeley square and everywhere. Stay in Peace.
Anita, I will miss you. But we also must be thankful that you shared your talent with us. Your legacy will live forever.I will always cherish the invitaion to work with you and Robbie in London and Paris. Robbie was the best friend/manager I've ever met. Thanks for making her later years happy. God bless you Anita
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, OUR NAME IS SHARED O'Day
Anita is beyond category, like Duke Ellington. Together with Sassy Vaughan she belongs to the very best
jazzsingers of our time.
Rest in Peace, Dear Anita.
A truly great jazz singer. I'll be
dedicating my radio show in Queensland, Australia to this amazingly talented woman.
I had the good fortune of knowing Anita. Early this year I discovered she lived in my neighborhood and, being a big fan, a friend and I brought her flowers. We didn’t exactly know what to expect. She was, after all, the “Jezebel of Jazz.” What she did was welcome us into her home without hesitation and invite us to “have a seat.”
We continued to visit her a few times a week and grew to love her even more. We’d help her with errands or just sit and visit while she offered us an endless supply of cookies and milk. She was completely unaffected by her fame and stature. I once asked her how it felt to be a jazz legend. “I just did my job,” she said. “You can’t let it go to your head.” She was the salt of the earth and would give you the shirt off her back if you asked. She loved dogs and children and was never without a smile for them when we’d go for walks. She was ageless, lived utterly in the moment, and was a complete non-conformist. She preferred ginger snaps to flowers, and pants to skirts. We’d always take a wheelchair on our walks, in case she got tired. Once, when my friend was out with her, she told him he looked tired and offered to push him in the wheelchair; then proceeded to do so!
In her last days in the hospital, what she wanted most was to go home. “Take me home,” she’d tell us. “I wanna go home.” She told a story of when she was in her teens, competing in a dance-marathon. Many days into this particular marathon God appeared beside her. He asked her what she wanted and she said “I wanna sing and entertain people.” “You got it,” God said.
I believe God made a few more visits to Anita throughout her life: When she wanted to quit drugs in the 60s and when she was in the hospital in the 90s, just to name a couple. I’d like to believe God showed up at Anita’s bedside on Thanksgiving morning and asked her again, “What do you want, Anita?” And she probably told him what she told us; “Take me home. I wanna go home.”
I’ll miss you, Anita. Thanks for the jazz and cookies!
For all the "High Times-Hard Times" Ms. Anita lived longer than any OTHER wild-child. Her recordings are relentlessly consistent works of a true artist, though her addiction was nipping at her heels. Anita: I miss you already.
Anita has touched me so deeply. I mourn her loss. She now joins the immortals. Thank you for my favorite songs Anita.
The world seems a little less bright after hearing the sad news. Anita had fans everywhere good music was appreciated. She was just great. She'll be missed. Wherever she is I just want to say this to her: Anita, Thank-you!
I don't even know how to express how saddened I am that Ms O'Day has passed. I fell in love with her when I heard a snippet of the Peanut Vendor song in a store. It was on a sampler disc and no one knew who was singing. Determined, I set out for a local jazz store hole in the wall and described the song to the owner. He smiled, flipped on an Anita record and I was hooked.
And man, was I.
Just the other day, on a long car ride with Anita chewing through A Train, I thought: shes the last one. When she goes, the long list of sassy, brassy, sharp-tongued, whisky loving, finger snapping, toe tapping, swing mammas of the golden age will be gone.
And I rued that day.
So I raise my glass to someone whom I never met, but who was there when I celebrated victories, sobbed through breakups, drank through fights, smoked through rainy days and always let me sing with her, badly and often off key.
Thanks Anita. This one's for you babe.
I'm deeply saddened by Ms. O'Day's passing. I first saw and heard her at the Totem Pole, Norumbega Park near Boston, with Gene Krupa, in September, 1945,celebrating VJ Day. Then she kindly gave me her autograph at El Morocco in Worcester, MA, sometime in the early 1990's when she was warming up for her performance at Jazz Weekend at Tanglewood. The music world will miss her as will I.
Anita has been "with me" since I was 16 years old. I'm 63 today and she is still "with me" and I will enjoy listneng to her records as long as I live. I miss You Anita!
such talent,such courage.God rest her
This year I made a very special friend named Anita Belle Colton O’Day. Although we were initially concerned about intruding upon this jazz great, a friend of mine and I brought flowers with a card, and Anita opened her door and her heart to us. We’d go for walks to get milk and cookies and hang out in her room and watch TV. (She and I kept beat with the Jeopardy theme song a lot.) A tender and loving friendship developed. Anita, and her marvelous friend and manager Robbie, became like family. With Anita, it was like having a grandma again. Only this grandma happened to be the “Jezebel of Jazz”; the coolest, the hippest, the most skilled song stylist in the music business. In August, Anita O’Day, despite her declining health, escorted by Robbie, came to my birthday dinner at a restaurant, where she sat beside me. I will always be deeply touched by that gesture of friendship. She was an unassuming, funny, gentle, sensitive, vulnerable, supportive, and soulful woman. She had an inner strength that could only fill one with awe and total respect. In these last months of her remarkable life, it was a privilege to comfort her when needed and an absolute joy to see her eyes sparkle when she was happy. One could feel the presence of God with her. The body may wear out, but the body of work, especially in the case of this brilliant, trailblazing artist, remains, endures, and continues to contribute.
“Maybe I can’t live to love you as long as I want to… but I can promise you baby, I’m gonna love you as long as I live….”
Thank you, Anita. Rest well, dear friend.
I only got to know Anita's music recently but I have been fascinated for such a long time by that iconic photograph from the Newport Jazz Festival.
The most scary thing of all is that I ordered a copy of the dvd of Jazz on a Summers Day and it was delivered last Thursday, 23rd November 2006.
Rest in Peace
I happened to love Anita. She was one of my idols, and listening to one of her CDs or LPs always makes me appreciate her genius as a song stylist. I was lucky enough to meet her twice at the Blue Note, and she was extremely gracious, both times consenting to sign her autograph. I can't help but think how ephemeral life is, now that she's gone. I can right now in my head hear her rendition of "Sunny," from the live Berlin LP, and also "You Don't Know What Love Is," from "An Evening with Anita O'Day"--what a gifted person. I will love her always.
I enjoyed your music for years, and will continue to enjoy. Rest well.
Miss O'Day truly was "something else" - the real thing, and precious 'cause it's rare.
I saw her, at the Cork festival, in Ireland, in 1987. I was only 17, but knew enough to greatly anticipate her appearence - and I was spellbound. I do remember her opening and closing the show with "Wave", and remember the strenghth and clarity of phrase and sound; her authority. (I'd love to know the names of the American quartet who accompanied her?)
Also, is there a greater vocal album - in any idiom - than "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" arr. by Gary McFarland? And what about the view of her greatness taken by Oscar Peterson in his autobiography?
She's one of the FEW true immortals. May she at last know the peace she so richly deserves.
Sincerely, Red Colm O'Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will miss you Anita and of course we will always listen to
and enjoy your superb recordings.
Anita your spirit will never die , Now you can Sing Sing Sing with the Drummin Man ..Thank You , Love & Peace
It's the ending of an era of great entertainers with real musical chops.
Anita O'Day was my introduction to Big Band Jazz, and has remained my favorite vocalist. When I listen to today's young jazz singers, I hear Anita O'Day. She will be sorely missed, but her contributions to music will live forever
I have been listening to Anita O'day for a long time. Her music has changed my life, bringing it more enjoyment and laughter. I am 17 years old and I will listen to her music for the rest of my life.
I was saddened to hear of Anita's death, but am so grateful for all the music she left behind. She seemed like someone I would have liked very much.
anita - your vocals have inspired a young generation and i thank you for that. enjoy the next life and keep on singing!!
I was and am a huge fan of Anita O'Day. I wanted to write up a long post on my own site, and what came out is a very personal tribute. I wish I could have written this to Anita O'Day personally, but - as always - I'm too late.
She was one of the greatest and her music will always have a place in my life.
Goodbye Anita and thankyou so much. Unique, so special and every inch a lady, your music has given so much happiness.
I only found out today listening to our local Real Jazz radio station that Anita had passed on, and I feel very sad, as she was and always will be one of my top favourite vocalists.
R.I.P. Miss O'Day, we love you.
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, ANITA.
Thank you for sharing the most fantastic music with us. Rest in peace.
You're the top, sophisticated lady, there will never be another you. Thank you for your inspirational joie de vivre, your commitment to honesty and your legacy of tastefully original music. Getting to know you over the past three years has been a tremendous honor...thanks for singing at our concert in Toronto and for always being yourself. You will always be my sunshine. Farewell, Lady O'Day. Love, Ori
I first heard our Anita with the Gene Krupa Big Band many many moons ago. Oh Man I loved the way she sang from the word go. She had that way of phrasing a song like no one can today. I always thought when I heard her she was having a great great time singing her heart out. Always always loved Anita she was my favorite. There is no comparison she was really the dynamic ultra wonderfull person who could belt out the great jazz standards. Everyone who loved Anita will miss her. She made everyone aware out there that signing from the heart and soul was what it was all about. We love you Anita. God Bless our Anita
Anita, you were my singing idol, since I was 14, which I told you every time I saw you. I copied your style 'til this day and dedicated every number to you. I wrote a lengthy poem and sent it to you. You were gracious enough to thank me. I even bought a feathered hat like yours and sent the photo of me to you. i saw you in your hey-day , during "the hard times" and last saw you last at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC. I think you got your "toughness" because you were born and raised in Chicago. You were a survivor. You were the greatest. We'll miss you.My deepest sympathy to Robbie ,et al."My tears flow like wine"
Anita was the greatest jazz singer ever, period. No one could bend the harmony and rhythm and still stay on track the way she could--it was thrilling to listen to her. She was also sweet, warm, and tough. I only saw her once in person, in the 50's or 60's in New York (foolishly thinking her career was about over). She sat at the bar and talked with me and a friend of mine in a completely relaxed and unpretentious way as though we were old friends. Amazingly enough, the subject of her struggle with heroin came up, and I recall her speaking of it with cheerful aplomb and an utter lack of self-consciousness. It made a great impression on me. She was quite a lady. Frankly, I didn't realize she was still alive, but now I am sad to see her go.
Thank you for taking me on a musical journey for nearly all my life,you made every musician swing just that little more when you were up there,another Legend lost.Start "jamming"with Gabriel and all those other greats up there.
I was a "Kid" ( 17 ) 1939 - 40 from Rutgers Prep School when Anita was - With Gene Krupa - Setting up on Saturday afternoon for the Saturday night Coca Cola Band Stand "Radio" Broadcast at Rutgers University Gym. I left my campus. I told her that I loved her - Yuk Yuk .. ! She said that she always wanted to be a "Tap" dancer !!She "fooled" - She Danced - "Tapped" around during the Band rehersal. !! Years - San Francisco - 1958 - 60 ?? Off Broadway Bar with her Piano player having drinks - - Made bet that she would "Scat" him off the stage at the "Off Broadway" Club. Bet - Free ring side table - free Tab !!
She sang - He nodded - I nodded - She nodded - She laughed - I laughed - he laughed - No Contest - - - I'm in free !! She absolutely killed a piano !! I saw it with my own eyes !!
THE "NEETS" - "Lady" WON !!!!!
How lucky can a Man ever be ??
Bill Wurzberger - Baltimore !!
The minute i heard. I cried.
Early Autumn had come too soon
for a stylist who lived a full life
It hearts but time will show
the love and the heart
that came to grow
gone but not forgotten
Heard and loved
The lyrics to the verse
the improv thats what I've heard
R.really I.mportant P.erson
Sad to learn of Anita's passing and she must be passing out jokes now from above.
I got to know her in the 1970's. After a show at Reno's Sweeney's or the Half Note we'd go uptown to Jimmy Ryan's club where Anita liked to hang. She'd buy drinks for the house and sing a few numbers and tell some jokes. When Lee Wiley died Anita told me she would sing at the Carneige Hall Memorial to Lee. What a champ Anita was, thinking of others often.
She introduced me to a longtime friend and fan of her's Joe Sardaro, who moved out to LA to be near Anita in the 1980's. I hope they are reunited in death as they were in life. Thanks for all the great times. Lovingly Mr. Mangieri
Anita, I remember you when I was a young teen. You were always the one I considered "unique" no one sounded like you then and no one will now. I was saddened to learn of your leaving us, but you will always hold a special place with me. Rest in peace.
What a loss...Anita's records and CD's are at the top of the pile for me. There is no wealth but life and she was among the richest people ever.
I saw and heard Anita many times in Chicago. I have loved her magnificent voice for more than 50 years. I have all the Verve/Clef recordings. I will play them until I die.
Farewell Wonderful Lady.
goodbye my old friend...
thank you for the good times.
you have left me with tears in my eyes but most of all you left all of us your music...god bless...Joe
she sang true to herself, never copying anyone, always inventive. i learned about real music just by listening to her starting as a teen in the 1980s. i admire the creativity and the authenticity, and i admire her longevity tremendously. that's a life well-lived.
I have been a fan for 50 years Enjoyed the rest
But you were the best
If its rhythm your about
Where does a fella go to top it
Rest in Peace, Anita!!!
Condolences and fond wishes.
To all of us who loved and were fans of ANITA O'DAY.
She's Uptown Now!
I'm saddened to hear of Anita's passing. Yet, the wonderful thing about music is that all the 'greats' live on--not only for us but for future generations to enjoy. Elvis, Sinatra, Sachmo, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson. Regardless of your musical tastes, all of their music, including Anita's, can continue to inspire us. RIP, Anita. You led one fantastic life--you deserve a good rest.
What a grand lady. Anita always made me stop whatever I was doing when I'd hear her singing. She is a treasure and an amazing talent. Her memory will live on forever in her music. I'll still stop whatever I am doing to hear Anita – swingin', singin' and surviving it all! Thank you Anita for making it a little bluer and a bit brighter.
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
Sorry to learn of Anita's passing. There was quite a lengthy tribute in the local press in Northampton, Mass., and it was good to read and see her nationwide appeal over many decades. I recall in the the early 1980's, in San Francisco, a poster for her concert at the SFO Opera House--before they moved to the new facility--went to buy tickets and was told, "We don't know anything about this..." Guess it was cancelled.
Shortly thereafter, ran into Peggy Lee in West Hollywood, and mentioned this to her. She said, "Well, that's Anita!"....
Anyway, from a fellow with a few imperfections, I'm glad she lived so long and had her deserved comeback. A Great Lady.
Douglas Scott Treado
The Music World has suffered a great loss. We are all the richer in our lives for the voice of Anita O'Day!
Heaven shall BOP!
One of the greatest regrets in my life is that I never saw Anita in person.However I do have her albums and "Jazz on a Summer's Day" which I will cherish for the rest of my days.Thank You, Anita for inspiring me and my music. Sincerely, Jon Emery--
King of Hillbilly Rock n Roll
on behalf of my radio show listeners and my fellow musicians iwould like to extend our great sadness at the passing of one of the all time greats
anita we will miss you. thank you for all the great music you have given us
To the memory of a shining, swinging and a very inspiring jazz vocalist in my life! I heard you already when I was ten years old, from old records of my mother. And as soon as I was able to, I sang the same solos as my mother already sang after you. In my life your music stays strongly present. I want to express my condolences to your beloved ones and family.
Vocalist Pauliina May (Finland-The Netherlands)
I never knew who you were. All those mornings you came in for your tea. I am amazed and saddend.
I'll always remember you as the lady with the tea and the world will remeber you for your voice. I'm a new fan, Rest in Peace with all the other greats Anita!
I'm so glad -- thanks to Robbie -- that I got a chance to meet Anita last year. I'm so sad she's gone. But she will live on, as great artists do.
Your great talent thrilled me.
Your love of life captivated me.
Your amazing perserverence inspired me.
Thank you for showing me it's possible.
I'll always cherish the times we spent together when I came from Chicago to visit. We had some good laughs and some tearful times during your recovery period.
You were loved and will missed by many.
Anita O'Day is the standard by which I judge all singers. I have little doubt that her recordings and their influence will enhance lives for hundreds of years. She made my life fuller, richer, and more satisfying than you'd ever think an artist can do. Shalom, Anita.
There will never be another Anita, a true original, and a source of great inspiration to me and many many others. The more I have learnt about jazz, the more I have come to love and respect the work of Anita O'Day. I had the great honour to meet her and sing on stage with her at the Pizza on the Park, London. She was in her eighties then, but she had more music in her little finger than most people will have in a lifetime. I'm so grateful that I had the chance to meet her, and very sad that she's gone.
Thank you so much, Ms. O'Day, for your life, for your enduring spirit, for your unique and remarkable artistry, for the joy that your work brought to so many lives, and for the joy it will bring to so many more.
I'm so sad to hear this. There will never be another Anita O'day who dedicated her life to the art of jazz singing. Her passing is a great loss to the world. The Grammy shall pay her a long tribute this year. God bless her and all the other surviving jazz singers.
Anita was one of my inspirations as a vocalist. I have many of her songs in my repertoire. I am so glad I got to see her perform in Boston in the late 80's. Just last week I was watching her awesome performance on Jazz on a Summer's day in Newport and The Gene Krupa Story (what an odd coincidence) I will always keep her alive by listening to her recordings and also singing her songs. Bye Anita and many thanks. ....Love, Leslie
Anita was a true original, the last of a list of greats that will never be again. She was music and tonight I'll pay tribute to her on my jazz show The Inner Circle, Fine Music Radio 101.3 FM in Cape Town, South Africa.
I will miss Anita O'Day . Anita was the essence of the swingin' hip Jazz singer. I am greatful for having heard Anita in her prime .
My Mom loved your music so much, she named me after you. I have listen to your music and I love it as well. Will miss yet another legend from the jazz era..
I remembered Anita's set in Jazz on a Summers Day for more than forty years and bought the DVD only last Saturday. Again I was enraptured by the best performance in a film that made me a jazz lover. God bless all who mourn for her.
In the skies, I hear Gene's drums and Roy's trumpet. And now I hear THE voice... What a jam, up there!
Sorry to hear you've gone Anita.Thankyou for the music.
Anita belonged to the top. What a strong woman, what a performance.
I'm going to listen to het I Can't Get Started (Berlin Concert)
High Times Hard Times. The book signed by Anita O´Day arrived on my birthday 2004. It is a treasure to me. My all time favorite jazzsinger - and the swinging music lives on. God bless.
Anita O'Day was a truly unique and individual singer. Her perfomances always gave the utmost satisfaction. I will never forget her appearance in "Jazz On A Summer's Day, the film by Bert Stern shot at the Newport Jazz Festival I believe in 1956.She was the epitome of cool, wearing that lovely polka dot dress, and the ostrich plumed hat.I was fortunately able to see her at the Blue Note in New York City a few years ago, and although she had to be helped on and off the stage, her singing was as professional, and rewarding as it has always been. She was a true original, and will be sorely missed.
Rest in peace, Anita.
Anita,you were the best scatter,Ela and Sarah had nothing on you.You bought jazziness to jazz,blue to the blues.Thank god for recordings,so we can continue to enjoy your special talents.
The greatest jazz vocalist in history. We will miss you forever, Anita.
Simply the best,I have been a fan of her's for 45 year's.
She is now bopping with all the rest of the other greats..
I am so sorry to hear of the death of the magnificent Anita O'Day, one of the true greats in jazz. Anita was wonderful and ranks up there with Sarah, Billie and Ella, she was unique and no one interpreted a song better. Here's to you Miss O'Day. You were very special and a wonderful survivor.
Thank that you were.May God bless you.Rest in peace.
The sexiest performer, in jazz or any other musical genre. A true pioneer and surviver. You turned night into day. Rest in peace now.
Thank you Anita for having brought so much pleasure to the world - it always boosts the morale to listen to one of your recorded tracks
My thoughts & condolences go to those who were close to Ms. O'Day. I'm sorry she is gone. She is not forgotten, however. As a small remembrance, and in her honor, I played "Let Me Off Uptown" for listeners of this evening's "Take Five", a weekly radio show on jazz that I host here in Juneau. ~ My best to you and yours.
A angel you will be, A angel We will always see, You are home now. Thankyou for giving us alot of you!!
Anita was the best. I never saw her live but her music was awesome. God Bless you Anita, now you can sing with the Angels..
Anita,Oh Anita (Roy's words)...I fell in love with you as an early teen when I first heard uptown.
I've heard people say the she performed with her back to the audience.....They didn't know that she was in charge of every group of musicians she worked with. At first they resented her ....and then they found that Anita brought out the best in every musician she worked with.
The lady was a musical giant.
We have lost the greatest jazz vocalist ever! She gave her all in every thing she did. There was Billie, Ella, Sarah, Carmen - none could touch her.
What a legacy that wonderful woman has left us! She may be gone, but her music will stay forever.
My thoughts are with Robbie, her manager, who did so much for her during the past 7 years. Thank you, Robbie.
I love you, Anita!
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Anita. She had one of the best voices. Take comfort in knowing that you now have a special guardian angel watching over you. Rest in Peace Anita
...first heard her sing with krupa!!
what a voice!!
I never heard you sing but you were GREAT.
You will be missed.
Never to be forgotten was her performance in "Jazz on a Summer's Day," and her many appearances in the New York jazz clubs that I was lucky enough to see. She was a great artist, and her recordings over the years make her one of the Great Jazz Immortals.
I first heared Anita when I was a young guy in the 50's. I was gifted with a record of her "Pick Yourself Up" album. It was 78 rpm back then. Since then I have had that album on my music shelf in every form it came out on. I now have it on my computer and listen to it, at least, monthly. What a wonderful singer she was. May she rest in Peace.
My father performed with the US Air Force band during the Korean War. He talked about Anita O'Day often. The lady could really scat! what a voice, what a talent. May her spirit find eternal rest.
We lost a wonderful voice. She now with God. and fells no pain,
Anita was THE best. May she be remembered along with the other giants of the swing era. Good bye Anita!!!!!!!!!
I loved her. She was THE best. May she always be remembered with the giants of the swing era. Good bye Anita.
Anita was the best. She influenced too many singers to name, but among them you'd find singers from Cheryl Bentyne to Pat Benatar. She brought so much to my life and to the lives of many many fans. Rest in Peace Anita.
Rest in Peace
Anita Ford (Portland, OR)
A life to God is never a waste. She brought entertainment to a world looking for it. Sorry she had soo much pain in her own private life. Rest in peace.
I enjoyed her performance in the movie "Jazz On A Summer's Day."
I purchased the DVD of that film to have Mahalia Jackson's performance but also enjoyed Anita's and other's performances, as well.
I knew nothing of her addictions and personal problems... I hope she found Christ before her death.
May you finally find the peace you seemed so desperate to find.
God Bless and be with you through your eternal life.
SING LOAD AND SING PROUD......
She was a true lady of Jazz. Although I never had the opportunity to see her perform live, I play her tapes in my home and car.
* What a talent
* A jazz original
* A gal with guts
Anita O'Day's Family:
After a life of turmoil, you are now at peace.