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Anita O'Day

voc, 1919-2006 US, Kansas City, Missouri
Singer of Jazz
A.k.a. Anita Belle Colton

Anita O'Day (born Anita Belle Colton; October 18, 1919 – November 23, 2006) was an American jazz singer widely admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances that shattered the traditional image of the "girl singer". Refusing to pander to any female stereotype, O'Day presented herself as a "hip" jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening gown. She changed her surname from Colton to O'Day, pig Latin for "dough," slang for money.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Beautiful Love on Anita by Anita O'Day
Love For Sale - 1959 Version on Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May by Anita O'Day
You Don't Know What Love Is on An Evening With Anita O'Day by Anita O'Day
Whisper Not on Anita O'Day And The Three Sounds by Anita O'Day & The Three Sounds
Angel Eyes on Waiter, Make Mine The Blues by Anita O'Day
I Could Write A Book on Swings Rodgers And Hart by Anita O'Day
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You on There's Only One... by Anita O'Day
You're The Top on Anita by Anita O'Day
(Fly Me To The Moon) In Other Words on Verve Jazz Masters 49 by Anita O'Day
We'll Be Together Again on Anita Sings The Most by Anita O'Day

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Anita O'Day Live In Tokyo 1964Anita O'Day2017Album
Jazz Vocal Collection 12Anita O'Day2016Compil.
All That Jazz, Vol. 67: Old Devil Moon - The Jazz Of Anita O'Day And FriendsAnita O'Day2016Album
My Jazz Collection 23Anita O'Day2014Album
My Jazz Collection 22Anita O'Day2014Album
Four Classic Albums Plus: Fourth SetAnita O'Day2014Compil.
Five Classic Albums Plus Third SetAnita O'Day2014Compil.
Boogie BluesAnita O'Day2014Single
Benny Goodman Orchestra Feat. Anita O'DayBenny Goodman And His Orchestra Feat. Anita O'Day2013Album
Have A Merry Christmas With Anita O'DayAnita O'Day2013Album
Pick Yourself UpAnita O'Day2012Album
My Funny Valentine Live 1955-59Anita O'Day2012Compil.
Pick Yourself UpAnita O'Day2012Single
Anita O'Day & The Three Sounds + Time For TwoAnita O'Day2012Compil.
Sings The WinnersAnita O'Day2011Compil.
Trav'lin' Light + Waiter, Make Mine BluesAnita O'Day2011Compil.
Anita Sings The MostAnita O'Day2011Album
Eight Classic AlbumsAnita O'Day2011Compil.
Let Me Off UptownAnita O'Day2010Album
Love For SaleAnita O'Day2009Compil.
Big Band At Carnegie HallAnita O'Day2009Album
Anita Sings For OscarAnita O'Day2008Compil.
Anita O'DayAnita O'Day2008Compil.
Four Classic AlbumsAnita O'Day2008Compil.
Four Classic AlbumsAnita O'Day2008Compil.
FourAnita O'Day2008Single
Anita O'Day With Gene Krupa & Stan Kenton (Expanded Edition)Anita O'Day2008Compil.
Lady O'DayAnita O'Day2007Compil.
This Is HipAnita O'Day2007Compil.
Essential O'Day (Basin Street West 1964)Anita O'Day2007Album
El MomentoAnita O'Day2007Compil.
The Breakfast ShowAnita O'Day2007Album
Bolero At The SavoyAnita O'Day2005Compil.
A Song Stylist In SwinglandAnita O'Day2005Compil.
Young AnitaAnita O'Day2005Album
Angel EyesAnita O'Day2004Compil.
Easy StreetAnita O'Day / June Christy2004Compil.
Volume 1Anita O'Day2004Compil.
Alone TogetherChris Connor + Anita O'Day2004Compil.
Anita O'DayAnita O'Day2003Compil.
"There's Only One" & "Wonderful Life"Anita O'Day & Irene Kral2003Compil.
The Diva SeriesAnita O'Day2003Compil.
Here is Anita!Anita O'Day2003Album
Wire Brush Stomp (1938-1941)Gene Krupa And His Orchestra Featuring Irene Daye - Anita O'Day2002Compil.
Drummin' ManGene Krupa Featuring Anita O'Day, Roy Eldridge, Irene Daye, Benny Goodman2002Compil.
Complete 1952 Verve SessionsAnita O'Day2002Compil.
Complete Signature & London RecordingsAnita O'Day2001Compil.
Anita O'DayAnita O'Day2001Compil.
Anita O'dayAnita O'Day2001Compil.
Live At The City, San Francisco 1979Anita O'Day2001Album
Volume 4 - 1944Anita O'Day2000Compil.
From Swing To BopAnita O'Day2000Compil.
The Life Of A Jazz SingerAnita O'Day2000Album
And Her Tears Flowed Like WineAnita O'Day2000Album
First Lady Of SwingAnita O'Day With Stan Kenton And His Orchestra2000Album
Anita O'Day's Finest HourAnita O'Day2000Compil.
Let Me Off Uptown!Anita O'Day With Gene Krupa1999Compil.
Volume 3 1941 - 1943Anita O'Day1999Compil.
Let Me Off Uptown!Anita O'Day With Gene Krupa1999Compil.
The Complete Anita O'Day Verve-Clef SessionsAnita O'Day1999Compil.
Key LargoAnita O'Day1999Compil.
Volume 2 1941 - 1942Anita O'Day1999Compil.
Ultimate Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1999Compil.
Jazz 'Round MidnightAnita O'Day1997Compil.
1941-1945Anita O'Day1997Compil.
Volume 1 - 1941Anita O'Day1997Compil.
6 Queens Of Jazz VocalElla Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Helen Merrill, Monica Zetterlund1996Album
Let Me Off UptownAnita O'Day1996Compil.
On A.F.R.S. 1944-1945Stan Kenton And His Orchestra With June Christy And Anita O'Day1996Album
Verve Jazz Masters 49Anita O'Day1995Compil.
Live In Tokyo 1975Anita O'Day1994Album
Anita O'Day 1956 - 1962Anita O'Day With Marty Paich, Billy May, Russell Garcia, Buddy Bregman1993Compil.
Rules Of The RoadAnita O'Day With The Jack Sheldon Orchestra1993Album
Jazz Archives 1945/1948Count Basie, Anita O'Day, Tadd Dameron Trio1993Album
Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1993Compil.
1938 - 1941 "Drummin' Man"Gene Krupa And His Orchestra Featuring Leo Watson, Irene Daye, Anita O'Day1992Compil.
At Vine St. LiveAnita O'Day1991Album
I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get OutAnita O'Day1991Compil.
UptownRoy Eldridge With Gene Krupa And His Orchestra Featuring Anita O'Day1990Compil.
Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter + Rodgers & Hart With Billy MayAnita O'Day with Billy May1989Album
Drummer ManGene Krupa Featouring Anita O'Day - Roy Eldridge1987Single
Anita O'Day Sings With Gene Krupa = ジョージア・オン・マイ・マインドAnita O'Day1986Compil.
Live At Ronnie Scott's LondonAnita O'Day1986Album
Mostly MercerJim Bailey, Kaye Ballard, Rosemary Clooney, Marilyn Cooper, Eydie Gormé, Mimi Hines, Jennifer Holliday, Fran Jeffries, Laura Kenyon, Sara Riva Krieger, Nancy La Mott, Armelia McQueen, Mary Gordon Murray, Anita O'Day, Mark Sendroff, Henrietta Valor1986Album
SS' Wonderful Big Band Concert 1985Anita O'Day1985Album
The Great SingersElla Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Anita O'Day, June Christy1984Compil.
Anita O'Day 1949 - 1950Anita O'Day1984Album
Ao Vivo No 150 Night ClubAnita O'Day1984Album
A Song For YouAnita O'Day1984Album
MistyAnita O'Day1982Album
Live At The City: The Second SetAnita O'Day1982Album
Once Upon A SummertimeAnita O'Day1982Compil.
The Exciting Gene KrupaGene Krupa Featuring Anita O'Day, Charlie Ventura, Teddy Napoleon, Tommy Pederson1982Album
Live At The CityAnita O'Day1980Album
The Great Ladies On V-Disc Vol. 2Jo Stafford, Anita O'Day, Mildred Bailey1979Compil.
The Big Band SessionsAnita O'Day1979Compil.
Mello'dayAnita O'Day1979Album
Angel EyesAnita O'Day1979Album
Live At Mingo'sAnita O'Day With John Poole Trio Featuring Norman Simmons1979Album
There's Only One...Anita O'Day1978Album
Skylark ~Live at SometimeAnita O'Day1978Album
Old FolksAnita O'Day1978Album
Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1977Album
Girls & KentonStan Kenton And His Orchestra, June Christy, Chris Connor, Anita O'Day1976Compil.
Live In Tokyo, 1975Anita O'Day1976Album
Sessions, LiveAnita O'Day / Curtis Counce1976Album
My ShipAnita O'Day1975Album
Gene Krupa, His Orchestra And Anita O`Day Featuring Roy EldridgeGene Krupa And His Orchestra And Anita O'Day Featuring Roy Eldridge1974Compil.
Hi Ho Trailus Boot WhipAnita O'Day1974Compil.
Kenton's Girl FriendsStan Kenton And His Orchestra, June Christy, Chris Connor, Anita O'Day, Jerri Winters, Ann Richards, Jean Turner1973Compil.
Drum BoogieGene Krupa And His Orchestra Featuring Anita O'Day1972Compil.
Anita O'Day In Berlin, Recorded Live At The Berlin Jazz FestivalAnita O'Day1971Album
Anita and Rhythm SectionAnita O'Day1971Album
The Jazz Stylings of Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1966Compil.
The Moon Looks Down And LaughsAnita O'Day1963Single
Anita O'Day & The Three SoundsAnita O'Day And The Three Sounds1962Album
Time For 2Anita O'Day / Cal Tjader1962Album
All The Sad Young MenAnita O'Day / The Gary McFarland Orchestra1962Album
Trav'lin' LightAnita O'Day1961Album
Drum BoogieGene Krupa Featuring Anita O'Day And Roy Eldridge1960Single
Incomparable!Anita O'Day1960Album
Waiter, Make Mine BluesAnita O'Day1960Album
Swing Rodgers And HartAnita O'Day And Billy May1960Album
The Gene Krupa Story In MusicGene Krupa And His Orchestra With Anita O'Day, Roy Eldridge And Dolores Hawkins1960Album
Eee-o ElevenSammy Davis Jr., Anita O'Day1960Single
Drum Crazy (The Gene Krupa Story)Gene Krupa With Anita O'Day And Red Nichols1960Album
Four Brothers / Sing, Sing, SingAnita O'Day1960Single
"Collectors' Items" - 1960 NAB ConventionZiggy Elman, Virginia Maxey, Gene Krupa, Anita O'Day, John Kirkby, Maxine Sullivan, Teddy Powell1960Single
Jazz A NewportAnita O'Day1960Single
At Mister Kelly'sAnita O'Day1959Single
Night And DayAnita O'Day1959Single
Tea For Two / Sweet Georgia BrownAnita O'Day1959Single
Pick Yourself Up With Anita O'Day 1Anita O'Day1959Single
Cool HeatAnita O'Day, Jimmy Giuffre1959Album
Swings Cole PorterAnita O'Day With Billy May1959Single
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home ToAnita O'Day With Billy May1959Single
Swings Cole PorterAnita O'Day with Billy May1959Album
At Mister Kelly'sAnita O'Day1959Album
Pick Yourself Up With Anita O'Day 1Anita O'Day1959Single
The Girl FriendsToni Arden, Peggy King, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Dinah Shore1959Compil.
Pick Yourself Up With Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1959Single
Sings The WinnersAnita O'Day1958Single
The Lady Is A TrampAnita O'Day1958Single
Anita O'Day Sings The WinnersAnita O'Day1958Album
The Lady Is A TrampAnita O'Day1957Album
Anita Sings The MostAnita O'Day1957Album
The Rock And Roll Waltz / I'm With YouAnita O'Day1956Single
Drummer Man Gene Krupa In HIghest-FIGene Krupa Featuring Anita O'Day - Roy Eldridge1956Album
Drummer Man 1Gene Krupa Featuring Anita O'Day And Roy Eldridge1956Single
AnitaAnita O'Day1956Single
AnitaAnita O'Day1956Album
You're The Top / Honeysuckle RoseAnita O'Day1956Single
Pick Yourself UpAnita O'Day1956Album
Anita O'Day Sings JazzAnita O'Day1955Album
An Evening With Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1955Album
AnitaAnita O'Day1955Single
Songs By Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1954Album
Singin' And Swingin' With Anita O'DayAnita O'Day1953Compil.
Hi Ho Trailus Boot Whip / Key LargoAnita O'Day1952Album
I Apologize / You Took Advantage Of MeAnita O'Day1951Album
SpecialsAnita O'Day1951Compil.
Lovesick Blues / Once There Lived A FoolAnita O'Day1951Album
Yea BooAnita O'Day1950Album
I Ain't Gettin' Any Younger / It's Different When It Happens To YouAnita O'Day1948Album
Malaguena / I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get OutAnita O'Day With Ralph Burns And His Orchestra1948Album
How High The Moon / Key LargoAnita O'Day With Ralph Burns And His Orchestra, Benny Carter And His Orchestra1948Album
Knock Me A Kiss / That's What You ThinkGene Krupa And His Orchestra, Roy Eldridge, Anita O'Day1947Single
Boogie Blues / Opus No. 1Gene Krupa And His Orchestra, Anita O'Day1947Album
What Is This Thing Called Love / Hi Ho Trailus Boot WhipAnita O'Day With Will Bradley And His Orchestra1947Album
Ace In The Hole / Sometimes I'm HappyAnita O'Day With Alvy West And The Little Band1947Album
Drummin' With KrupaGene Krupa And His Orchestra, Anita O'Day1946Album
Poor Simple Simon / Don't Kick It AroundAnita O'Day1945Album
Jamaica Mon / So Much Of Nothing To DoAnita O'Day1945Album
Rock 'N Roll BluesAnita O'DaySingle
Are you livin old man?Stan Kenton And His Orchestra, Anita O'Day, June ChristyAlbum
Ain't No Big Thing / BluesetteAnita O'DaySingle
Boogie BluesAnita O'Day And Roy EldridgeSingle
LiveGene Krupa Featuring Charlie Ventura, Anita O'DayAlbum
Verve Jazz No. 11Anita O'DayCompil.
Songs By Anita O'DayAnita O'DaySingle
Drummer Man 2Gene Krupa Featuring Anita O'Day And Roy EldridgeSingle
Introducing A Radical New ConceptCount Basie, Anita O'DayAlbum
Pagan Love SongAnita O'DaySingle
Fats' GangFats Navarro, Anita O'Day, Tadd DameronAlbum
The Get Away And The ChaseAnita O'DaySingle
Air Checks 1938 Through 1942Gene Krupa Featuring Roy Eldridge & Anita O'DayAlbum
Anita O'Day In Tokyo '63Anita O'DayAlbum
Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) / Soul SauceAnita O'Day / Cal TjaderSingle
Pagan Love SongAnita O'DaySingle
A LegendGene Krupa, Ray McKinley, Anita O'Day, Lynne GardnerAlbum
Vol. 2 Eight Classic AlbumsAnita O'DayCompil.
Tennessee Waltz / Yea BooAnita O'DaySingle
Anita 1975Anita O'DayAlbum
Songs ByAnita O'DaySingle
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