Thanks for the Boogie Ride: The jazz singer Anita O'Day has died at the age of 87. You can watch her with the Gene Krupa Orchestra (featuring the great trumpeter Roy Eldridge) in October 1941 right here via YouTube. It's a dubbed visual, but the music is terrific.
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.