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Dinah Washington
(b. 8/29/24 - Tuscaloosa, AL    d. 12/14/63 - Detroit, MI)

Title: What A Difference A Day Makes (Remastered)
Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals), with studio orchestra.
Recorded: 1959
Label: Mercury
Comments: From her start in Lionel Hampton's band, the "Queen of the Blues" had a unique approach to her material that garnered a huge following in her heh-day. "What A Difference a Day Makes" was her big hit which launched her career. An important singer in jazz history, she died young and left a spot in all of our hearts...
Title: The Essential Dinah Washington - The Great Songs
Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals), with various.
Recorded: Released in 1992, Compilation of recordings from the 50's and 60's.
Label: Mercury
Title: Dinah Washington - Back To The Blues
Personnel: various + big band
Recorded: various - compilation
Label: Blue Note
Comments: This 1997 CD reissue, a blues-oriented collection that features Washington returning to her roots, really showcases her talents well. Support from Illinois Jacquet on tenor sax, Joe Newman on trumpet, and Billy Butler on guitar, to name only a few of the musicians on the CD, really help frame Dinah's voice in the proper context.

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