Anita O'Day, whose sassy renditions of "Honeysuckle Rose," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and other song standards that made her one of the most respected jazz vocalists of the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 87.
I'm a huge O'Day fan. Her Sweet Georgia Brown is incredible, but her catalog hides a number of fascinating, lesser hits people should hear too.
If your education in the great jazz singers begins and ends with Ella Fitzgerald, please consider giving O'Day a whirl. Start here, here, or maybe here if you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket. Plus, fall/winter is the best time of year to listen to jazz. Let the music warm you up. (You know, with some wine.)
Her biography is very entertaining too. If I have some time later, I'll try to transcribe some of my favorite parts.