…with Ms. O’Day…since the Music Box seems to be on a jazz kick lately.
A buddy recently shared (in another internet venue) the classic drum battle between Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich on the Sammy Davis, Jr. show which brought to mind a Verve release I have of Krupa and Rich which then brought to mind Anita O’Day who sang with the Gene Krupa band in the 40’s which then brought to mind one of the first jazz records I ever bought which was Anita singing with the Billy May Orchestra with Cal Tjader on piano which is a fabulous record and ALL this bringing and being brought sent me searching the yoobtube for what I could find.
So. Here’s a great version of Fly Me to the Moon….
If you’ve never heard her sing before, you may notice a very unique quality to her voice due to the fact that she had no uvula. This lent a strange and one-of-a-kind quality to her singing. Truly a singer with a drummer’s sense of rhythm….or maybe a bass-player’s….her phrasing is truly unique and her versions of jazz standards still sound fresh to this day.
She had her share of problems–heroin addiction, more than one drug-related arrest, six months in prison, heroin overdose in 1968 that nearly killed her–but still and truly a classy lady.