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Stage Name, aka

Birth Name

Anita O'Day

Anita Belle Colton

"The Jezebelle of Jazz"  
  

            Leaving home at age 14 she started dancing in Dance Marathons at a young age and danced with dancer turned singer Frankie Lane. During the marathons she would eventually start singing ( Lady In Red) as entertainment for tips and finally quit the marathons all together and became a full time singer in 1936.

   As time went on with her singing as an American jazz singer ... she would sing Swing, Jazz, and Bop with the likes of Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa (1941-43,) Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton (1944-45,) Woody Herman etc. and went on the road for 32 years with John Poole. She was also inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in Miami November 21, 1997.

   O'Day's long-term problems with heroin and alcohol addiction and her often erratic behavior related to those problems earned her the nickname "The Jezebelle of Jazz." She finally kicked the Habit ( Yay for her) in 1968. Recorded 17 albums with Verve Records over a two-decade period.

Anita O'Day Autograph

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Chicago, IL. B.10/18/1919-11/23/2006 Don Carter (1937) n/a
    Carl Hoff (1942)  

Dance Types

Dance Partners

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Music Titles

Dance Marathons Frankie Lane
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Alreet!
       
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Ain't Misbehavin'
           
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Black Coffee
           
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Boogie Blues
       
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Drum Boogie (w/ Krupa)
       
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Fly Me To The Moon
       
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Honeysuckle Rose (1963)
       
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Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
       
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Love for Sale (1963)
       
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Stompin' at the Savoy
       
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Take The "A" Train
       
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Tea For Two (Bop 1963)
       
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Thanks for the Boogie Ride
       
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That Old Feeling (1963)
       
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Time After Time (1956)
            Clip not available Uptown (CD)
            Clip not available Anita Sings the Most (CD)
        Clip not available Best of Anita O'Day (CD)

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Atlas ( Los Angeles) Carnegie Hall n/a
Ball O Fire Orpheum Theatre (Herman)      
Cinegrill (Hollywood)        
Off- Beat Club (1938)        
Palladium (Hollywood)        
Royal Roost (NYC)        
Three Deuces (Chicago)            
Vialago (1936)        

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Films

Television

Publications

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1942 - Let Me Off Uptown (Soundie) 1954 - Jazz Timex Show $ High Times, Hard Times( Bio)
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1942 - Thanks for the Boogie Ride (Soundie) 1959 - Startime ( Swingin' years  8/20/1959 - Down Beat Mag
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1944 - Artistry in Rhythm (Universal) 1960 - Startime 1966 - Jazz Mag (French)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1944 - I'm Going Mad for a Pad (Soundie) 1961 - Playboy's Penthouse      
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1944 - Tabby the Cat (Kenton Soundie) 1963 - The Lively Ones    
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1956 - Cool and Groovy 1970 - The David Frost Show    
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1958 - Jazz on a Summer's Day (Newport)        
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1959 - Gene Krupa Story, the [DVD]          
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1959 - Jazz on a Summer's Day [DVD]        
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1970 - Zig Zag        
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1974 - The Outfit [DVD]        
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2007 - Anita O'Day: The Life of A Jazz Singer        
           

NOTE: O'Day website