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18th October 1919

Anita O'Day

American jazz singer

Anita O'Day 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.


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  • Lived from
    1919 - 2006 (Died age 87)
  • Birthday:
    18th October 1919
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    United States of America