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Anita O'Day: A Distinctive Voice Stilled

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Anita O'Day: A Distinctive Voice Stilled

Anita O'Day: A Distinctive Voice Stilled

Anita O'Day: A Distinctive Voice Stilled

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Jazz singer Anita O'Day died last week of a heart attack at the age of 87. She was known for her distinctive legato style, the result of a botched childhood tonsillectomy that left her without vibrato. O'Day made her name with the bands of Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton, and later had success as a solo performer.

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