Anita O'Day

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Anita Belle Colton, 18 October 1919, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 23 November 2006, West Hollywood, California, USA. As Anita Colton, in her early teens she scraped a living as a professional Walkathon contestant (marathon dancer). During this period she changed her surname to O’Day. Along with other contestants she was encouraged to sing and during one Walkathon was accompanied by Erskine Tate’s orchestra, an event that made her think that singing might be a better route to... Read more

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jazz
female vocalists
swing
jazz vocal
vocal jazz
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