Anita O'Day

Happy Birthday Dear Anita - October 18, 1919 100th Centennial Year

“THIS GAL IS IN A CLASS OF BY HERSELF”

CASHBOX 1961

HIGH TIMES, HARD TIMEs
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Coming soon New Centenntial Edition

New foreward by
Lara Pellegrinell





A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK

“…in the tradition of the best jazz autobiographies…a fascinating travelogue through the jazz world, filled with vivid images of Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday…her prose is as hip as her music.”              – New York Times Book Review

“The record of [the] early years is like the story of the music itself: rich, exciting, innovative; featuring the primitive beauty of the twenties when one foot was still in showbiz; the thirties with hip sophistication and hard swinging for hard times; the explosive forties of pre-war big-band bashes and post-war bop; and then the fifties, going off in a hundred directions with a needle in the arm…. it is the best jazz autobiography I’ve ever read”.

 – Jim Christy, Toronto Globe and Mail

 

Amazon Reviews 4.5 stars, these are some examples:  “One of the greatest Jazz vocalist knows how to tell a story,” “Best jazz bio ever written,”  “Sizzling.” and plenty more….

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Anita O'Day
THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER
DOCUMENTARY

 

 

 

 

2010 Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Award 

‘Best Documentary’

 

2008 Satellite Award Winnwe

 

2010 Grammy Nominated

 

Anita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—

a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. This documentary of a legend was Directed by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden who produced with Melissa Davis. 

 

Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. 

 

The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. 

 

Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, 

shortly before her death, the death of an icon.

 

#1#1

– Time Magazine ‘Short List’

 

“Invaluable”

– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

“Fast-paced, enthralling”

– Stephen Holden, New York Times

 

“O’Day is the epitome of cool. A heartfelt documentary”

– Hilton Als, The New Yorker

 

“An exuberant documentary”

– Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

 

“Fascinating”

– Matt Schudel­­­, Washington Post

 

“A masterpiece of the medium – GO”

– LA Weekly

 

“The best documentary about a jazz artist since

 “Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” 

But you don’t have to be a jazz fan to dig “Anita O’Day”

– Calvin Wilson, STL Today

 

“One of the greatest jazz films ever made”

– Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

 

“Superb documentary, successful on every level”

– Michael Wilmington, Movie City News

 

 

 

 

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DELUXE Edition (a few still available) 

Hardbound Edition 

 

9 x 9 black burnished fabric cover with the title gold-foil printing on front cover and spine.2 Discs, one attached to inside front cover and one attached to the inside back cover. Both in sealed re-usable clear pouch.Disc 1 : The Movie with Director s audio commentary and French, Spanish and Japanese. We might add Italian subtitles. 16:9 formatting for widescreen and 4:3 televisions.Disc 2: Bonus Disc with 45 minutes of the uninterrupted musical performances from the film and 45 Minutes of outtake interviews of Anita. Both Discs are NTSC region free for world-wide sales.

 

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THE RECORDINGS

ANITA

YOU’RE THE TOP

HONEYSUCKLE ROSE

A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN

    BERKELEY SQUARE

WHO CARES

I CAN’T GET STARTED

FINE AND DANDY

AS LONG AS I LIVE

NO MOON AT ALL 

TIME AFTER TIME

I FALL IN LOVE TO EASILY

I’LLSEE YOU IN MY DREAMS

BEAUTIFUL LOVE

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Pick YOurself up with Anita O'Day

DON’T BE THAT WAY

LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE

I NEVER HAD A CHANCE

STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY

PICK YOURSELF UP

STARS FELL ON ALABAMA

SWEET GEORGIA BROWN

I WON’T DANCE

MAN WITH THE HORN

I USED TO BE COLOR BLIND

THERE’S A LULL IN MY LIFE

LET’S BEGIN

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Anita O'Day sings the winners

TAKE THE A TRAIN

TENDERLY

A NIGHT IN TUNISIA

FOUR

EARLY AUTUMN

FOUR BROTHERS

SING SING SING

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

FRENESI

BODY AND SOUL

WHAT’S YOUR STORY MORNING GLORY

THERE’S A LULL IN MY LIFE

PEANUT VENDER

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ANITA O’DAY  SINGS THE most with Oscar Peterson Quartet

S’WONDERFUL/THEY CAN’T TAKE 

     THAT AWAY FROM ME

TENDERLY

OLD DEVIL MOON

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME

WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN

STELLA BY STARLIGHT

TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE

THEM THERE EYES

I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING

YOU TURNED THE TABLES ON ME

BEWITCHED, BOTHERED

     AND BEWILDERED

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ANITA O’DAY SWINGS Cole Porter WITH BILLY MAY

JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS

LOVE FOR SALE

YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO

EASY TO LOVE

I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU

ALL OF YOU

GET OUT OF TOWN

I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

NIGHT AND DAY

IT’S DELOVELY

I LOVE YOU

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE

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ANITA O’DAY SWINGS RODGERS AND HART WITH BILLY MAY

JOHNNY ONE NOTE

LITTLE GIRL BLUE

FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE

 

BEWITCHED, BOTHERED 

      AND BEWILDERED

I COULD WRITE A BOOK

HAVE YOU MET SIR JONES

 

LOVER

IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND

TEN CENTS A DANCE

I’VE GOT FIVE DOLLARS

TO KEEP MY LOVE ALIVE

SPRING IS HERE

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ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN WITH THE GARY MCFARLAND ORCHESTRA

BOOGIE BLUES

YOU CAME A LONG WAY FROM ST. LOUIS

I WANT TO SING A SONG

A WOMEN ALONE WITH THE BLUES

THE BALLAD OF ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN

DO NOTHIN’ TIL YOU HEAR FROM ME

ONE MORE MILE

NIGHTBIRD

UP STATE

SENOR BLUES

ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN

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COOL HEAT  Anita O’day SINGS JIMMY GIUFFRE ARRANGEMENTS

MACK THE KNIFE

EASY COME, EASY GO

ORPHAN ANNIE

YOU’RE A CLOWN

GONE WITH THE WIND

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD

IT HAD TO BE YOU

COME RAIN OR COME SHINE

HERSHEY BAR

A LOVER IS BLUE

MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT

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Anita O’day AT MR. KELLY’S

BUT NOT FOR ME

I HAVE A REASON FOR LIVING
MY LOVE FOR YOU
VARSITY DRAG
IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND

TEA FOR TWO
EVERY TIME I’M WITH YOU
HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES
THE WILDEST GAL IN TOWN
STAR EYES
LONELINESS IS A WELL
THE SONG IS YOU

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Anita O’day       TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT 

Don’t Explain

I Hear Music

Crazy He Calls Me

Lover Come Back to Me

If The Moon Turns Green

The Moon Looks Down and Laughs

Remember

Some Other Spring

What A Little Moonlight Can Do

Miss Brown to You

God Bless the Child

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Anita O’day   waiter, make mine blues    

THAT OLD FEELING

ANGEL EYES 

THE THRILL IS GONE

DETOUR AHEAD

YESTERDAYS

WAITER, MAKE MINE BLUES

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO YOU

WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE

STELLA BY STARLIGHT

MAD ABOUT THE BOY

A BLUES SERENADE

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Anita O’day   time for 2 with Cal Tjader

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
IT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN TO A DREAM
JUST IN TIME
UNDER A BLANKET OF BLUE
THAT’S YOUR RED WAGON
PEEL ME A GRAPE
AN OCCASIONAL MAN
THE PARTY’S OVER
I BELIEVE IN YOU
MR. SANDMAN
SPRING WILL BE A LITTLE LATE THIS YEAR
I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE BLUE BLUES

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Anita O’day   incomparable

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
BLUE CHAMPAGNE

AVALON

OLD DEVIL MOON

THE PARTY’S OVER

WHY SHOULDN’T I

EASY LIVING
CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS

SLAUGHTER ON 10TH AVENUE

IF I LOVE AGAIN

SPEAK LOW

INDIAN SUMMER

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 Anita O’day   Gene Krupa  Roy Eldridge    drummer man

LET ME OFF UPTOWN

OPUS ONE

DRUMMIN’ MAN

THAT’S WHAT YOU THINK

SLOW DOWN

BOOGIE BLUES

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