(Limelight). "...in the tradition of the best jazz autobiographies...a fascinating travelogue through the jazz world, filled with vivid images of Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday...Her prose is as hip as her music." The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Anita O'Day (Anita Belle Colton) rose to fame with the Gene Krupa Big Band and the Stan Kenton Band in the 1940s before becoming a successful solo act in the 1950s with a series of popular albums and her memorable performance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. O'Day's successes were interrupted by personal problems, including addiction and arrests for drug possession, but she went on to perform in clubs and festivals around the world and, in 1985, at a Carnegie Hall concert commemorating fifty years as a professional singer.
George Eells is an author and playwright. He began his career as a freelance reader for Hollywood film studios. He worked as an entertainment editor for Parade and later Theatre Arts, Signature, and Diners Club magazines. Eells wrote The Life That Late He Lead: A Biography of Cole Porter for which he received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Ells proclaimed his favorite work was co-authoring High Times Hard Times.