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Saturday, November 19, 2011

One of the best, IMHO.....Ms. Ivie Anderson

Ivie Anderson

July 10, 1905 - December, 1949 

Considered one of the finest singers of the golden age of jazz, Ivie Anderson was a fluent vocalist who impressed many with her blues and scat phrasings. Most impressed was Duke Ellington, who kept her on as vocalist for eleven years and is thought to be the best singer he ever had.

Born in California, young Ivie received vocal training at her local St. Mary's Convent and later spent two years studying with Sara Ritt in Washington, DC. Returning home she found work with Curtis Mosby, Paul Howard, Sonny Clay, and briefly with Anson Weeks at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in Los Angeles. She also found work in vaudeville, touring the country as a dancer and vocalist in the Fanchon and Marco revue, starring Mamie Smith, and with the Shuffle Along revue. She was featured vocalist at the Culver City Cotton Club before leaving to tour Australia in 1928 with Sonny Clay. Returning after five months down under she organized her own show and toured the U.S. In 1930 she found work with Earl Hines.It was while appearing with Hines that Ellington first heard her sing. He hired her in February 1931, and she quickly became a fixture of the orchestra's sound.

“The Voice of Ellington,” the beautiful and stylish Anderson was with the bandleader for eleven years, a term longer than any other of his vocalists. With a relaxed style, light tone and superb diction she would competently perform blues, ballads, and novelty songs with both enthusiasm and ease. “It Don’t Mean a Thing” was the first of her many recording hits with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra which include: “I’m Satisfied,” (1933) “Cotton,” (1935) “Isn’t Love the Strangest Thing?” (1936) “Love Is Like a Cigarette,” (1936) “There’s a Lull in My Life,” (1937) “All God’s Children Got Rhythm,” (1937) “If You Were in My Place,” (1938) “At a Dixie Road Diner,” (1940) and “I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)” (1941).

Retiring in 1942, due to chronic asthma, she opened her own Chicken Shack restaurant in Los Angeles. Though continuing to sing regularly in West Coast nightclubs her medical condition kept her from recording or touring extensively and ultimately led to her early death. Ivie Anderson passed away in December of 1949.

If you don't know her, give a of the best, IMHO......

Alabamy Home
All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
Chocloate Shake
Delta bound
Ebony Rhapsody
Get yourself a new broom
Hayfoot, Strawfoot
I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good
I thought you ought to know
I'm Checkin' Out, Goo'm Bye
I'm Satisfied
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got to be a Rug Cutter
If You Were In My Place (What Would You Do)
Isn't Love the Strangest Thing
It Don't Mean a Thing
It Was a Sad Night in Harlem
Jump for Joy
Killin' Myself
La De Doody Doo
Let's Have a Jubilee
Love is Like A Cigarette
Me and You
Mexico Joe
Mood Indigo
My Old Flame
Oh Babe! Maybe Someday
Raisin' the rent
Rocks in My Bed
Shoe Shine Boy
Stormy Weather
Tall dark and handsome
The voot is here to stay
There's a Lull in My Life
Troubled Waters
You Gave Me The Gate

As a child at St. Marys


  1. Thanks for this! Your web site is an absolutely amazing resource!

  2. Aww, no...Thank You! Me, I just love posting what I love..... :)

  3. Noooo....Thank You!! Enjoyed posting this one, muchly :)

  4. More Ivie Anderson...


    "The Ultimate Jazz Archive"

    Label: Membran Music Ltd.
    Format: Box Set, 168xCD

    SET 39-1:


  5. Thanks! I'm checking that out....might be some things that I don't have :)

  6. You're welcome. It's a single-track APE. If you'd like, I can email you links to the entire collection (~30 GB).

  7. It's actually not an APE file. I got it confused with another Ivie file that I have.

  8. Ivie Anderson: It Don't Mean a Thing

  9. I just found your site. Fantastic! Thank you.

  10. Wow! Thanks! Glad you like it. Eclectic is where I

  11. reading your 'about me'...What is the TRUE Breakfast Of Champions? Hmmm....Schlitz. THAT is the true breakfast of champions ;) (I even have the T SHIRT) !!

  12. Personally, I think she is great on the sporty, forthright or rumbustuous numbers (the live "Oh Babe! Maybe Someday" from the Cotton Club is a bit Meg Ryan-ish! :D ) .... not so compelling on the honeyed tones of sentimentality, but again: probably just me.

    I actually prefer Mildred Bailey, Lee Wiley or Helen Humes on love/lovelorn ballads, so I guess I am not entirely prejudiced against romance in 30s singing!

  13. Mildred, Lee, and Helen are all faves, too, but (personally) I do love Ivie's voice...something about it for me, I guess. But, it's personal taste...not everyone seems to like her, I've noticed.

  14. Sharon McGriff-PayneApril 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Ivy Anderson lived in my hometown, Vallejo, California for a while in the early 1900s. The 1915 Federal Census says she lived with her aunt and uncle on Denio Street, Vallejo.