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Ivie Anderson

Ivy Marie Anderson
Ivie Marie Anderson

Vocalist, Dancer

(1905 - 1949)

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Born in Gilroy, California, Anderson had already enjoyed some time in the spotlight when Duke Ellington hired her in 1931. Having proven her audience appeal as a Cotton Club chorus girl, Anderson had spent a year with Earl Hines and His Orchestra in Chicago before catching Ellington’s ear and eye.

“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. She introduced “It Don’t Mean a Thing” with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra in 1932. Among her many recorded hits are “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 (What Would You Do?)” (1938), “At a Dixie Road Diner” (1940), and “I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)” (1941).

In 1942 she left the band to open her own Chicken Shack restaurant in Los Angeles. Her retirement from the music business was, at least in part, due to chronic asthma, a condition that brought about her early death.

- Jeremy Wilson


It Don't Mean a Thing

Ivie Anderson



Ivie Anderson with Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra

Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson



1932-42

Ivie Anderson



Cocktail Hour. Columbia River Ent

Ivie Anderson



Raisin' the Rent

Ivie Anderson & Duke Ellington



All God's Chillun

Ivie Anderson & Duke Ellington



Duke Ellington Presents Ivie Anderson

Duke Ellington



I Got It Good and That Ain't Bad

Duke Ellington/Ivie Anderson
Reading and Viewing

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John Edward Hasse

Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington

Book

(Includes pictures and  numerous references to Anderson)


Marx Brothers, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan, Margaret Dumont, Leonard Ceeley, Douglass Dumbrille, Esther Muir, Sig Ruman, Robert Middlemass, Vivien Fay, Ivie Anderson

A Day at the Races

Warner Home Video

DVD


Don Aspiazu, Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Wellman Braud, Duke Ellington Orchestra

Hollywood Rhythm Vol. 01 - The Best of Jazz & Blues

Kino Video

DVD


Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby

Blue Melodies

Kino Video

VHS - Ivie Anderson is spotlighted on "Bundle of Blues"

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