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Sunday Song Lyric:
As Orin noted below, the incomparable Anita O'Day passed away this week. Born Antia Belle Colton, O'Day's long and path-breaking career was marked by important recordings, as well as a series of drug problems (both of which she wrote about in her autobiography, High Times, Hard Times).


Among the songs for which O'Day was known was "And Her Tears Flow Like Wine," which she first recorded in 1944 with Stan Kenton. Here's a taste:

How he loved the old racehorses
He would bet them every day
One day he caught a winner
And the cabbage wasn't hay
He indulged in fancy spending
Ordered rings, cars, and furs
But alas, alack like a stab in the back
She found out they were not hers

And her tears flowed like wine
Yes, her tears flowed like wine
She's a real sad tomato, she's a busted valentine
Cause her mama done told her that a man is darn unkind.

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Wintermute (mail) (www):
She was stunning in that Jazz at Newport movie.
11.26.2006 1:34pm
David Hecht (mail):
Aha! So that's where that came from! :-)

All these years, I've idly wondered about the provenance of the song Lauren Bacall is singing at Eddie Mars' place when Humphrey Bogart comes around (in "The Big Sleep").

Now I know.
11.26.2006 1:46pm
SKlein:
According to CD Universe (the link in the post) buyers who bought the Anita O'Day album also bought best of collections of the Monkees, Van Morrison, the Association and Cab Calloway! Now that's eclectic.
11.26.2006 6:50pm
Ian H Spedding FCD (mail):
This is a very sad loss. She was one of the greatest swing and jazz singers going right back to her early days with Gene Krupa.

As for the version of And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine in The Big Sleep, it was long rumoured that Lauren Bacall was dubbed by a young Andy Williams, but apparently it was Bacall herself who turned in what was a very creditable performance.
11.26.2006 11:18pm
Lev:
The surprising thing is that she made it past age 40.
11.26.2006 11:31pm