Friday, 24 November 2006

Jazz Great Anita O'Day Dies At 87

Nothing but bad news today, it seems.

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. O'Day died in her sleep early Thursday morning at a convalescent hospital in Los Angeles where she was recovering from a bout with pneumonia, said her manager Robbie Cavolina.

Anybody who has ever seen the film 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' will know just what an amazing performer she was.