Anita O'Day: S'Wonderful / They Can't Take That Away From Me
S'Wonderful / They Can't Take That Away From Me
Anita O'Day (vocals)
Anita Sings the Most (Verve 829 577-2)
John Poole (drums).
Composed by George and Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: Chicago, January 31, 1957
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
"Swing you into bad health" is the ultimate jazz compliment. "Man, that drummer will swing you into bad health!" The reason bad health is prized above good health purportedly goes back to early 20th-century New Orleans, where admission to the St. James Infirmary gave a musician a leg up on gainful employment in the band that trailed the hearse bearing a patient whose Infirmary stay had ended unhappily. Anyhow, among 1950s vocalists nobody could swing you into bad health better (worse?) than Anita O'Day, ably assisted in her surgery by the eminent Doctors Gershwin and Consulting Professor Peterson.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz