[Dixielandjazz] Another Anita O'Day Obit

Steve Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 25 09:03:34 PST 2006

on 11/25/06 5:48 AM, John Petters at jdpetters at btinternet.com wrote:
> Steve Barbone wrote:
>> Her final recording was "Indestructible Anita O'Day" and featured Eddie
>> Locke, Chip Jackson, Roswell Rudd, Lafayette Harris, Tommy Morimoto and the
>> great Joe Wider. A documentary, "ANITA O'DAY-THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER" will
>> be released in 2007.
>> For more info visit: http://www.anitaoday.com/
> I watched it and felt very sad to see the decline of such a superb
> singer. It is a pity she carried on when her voice, pitch etc had gone.
> She was in London last year and reports on her performance were good. I
> was lucky to see her in Cork in the '80s when she could still do it.
> She was one of the greatest - particularly with the Gene Krupa
> Orchestra. RIP Anita

What John refers to is a 20 minute video teaser of the soon to be released
Anita O'Day documentary. It is on her website above which I should have made
clear in the original post. If you are an O'Day fan, it is well worth
watching. It is broken up into four sections for easier viewing and the
sections are about 8MB each to load. The full documentary will be a must see
for many of us.

Certainly as John opines, a great singer who in some respects, led a Billie
Holiday like life but managed to conquer her demons before they killed her.
Those of us who, like John, saw her in her prime, are lucky indeed.

Steve Barbone

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