|Tags:||jazz female vocalists swing vocal jazz vocal jazz vocal norcal|
|Decades:||1950s 1990s 2000s|
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10 July 1905, Gilroy, California, USA, d. 28 December 1949, Los Angeles, California, USA. Although best known for her work with Duke Ellington in the 30s, Anderson had already worked extensively both in the USA, where she sang at the Cotton Club in the mid-20s, and overseas, touring Australia with Sonny Clay towards the end of the decade. Her light-toned voice and relaxed style were well suited to the swing era and she was one of the best of her kind. Given Ellingtons notoriously eccentric choice of singers for his band, the fact that he hired her at all is surprising, but once there she proved an important asset. She was with Ellington from 1931-42, making numerous records, including the first and possibly definitive version of It Dont Mean A Thing (If It Aint Got That Swing), and appearing on film. After leaving Ellington, Anderson retired from singing and went into the restaurant business, but she returned to the studios in 1946 for...