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Encyclopedia > Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington

Background information
Birth name Ruth Lee Jones
Also known as Queen of the Blues
Born August 29, 1924
Origin Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Died December 14, 1963 (age 39)
Genre(s) Blues, R&B, Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1943 – 1963
Label(s) Keynote, Mercury,
EmArcy, Roulette

Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924December 14, 1963) was a blues, R&B and jazz singer. Because of her strong voice and emotional singing, she is known as the Queen of the Blues.[1] Despite dying at the early age of 39, Washington became one of the most influential vocalists of the twentieth century,[2] [3] credited among others as a major influence on Aretha Franklin. [4] [5] Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Dinah. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tuscaloosa is a city in west central Alabama in the southern United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Keynote Records was a jazz label which released most of its records via Fantasy Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record label stubs | Record labels ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... EmArcy Records is a jazz record label, formed in 1954 as a subsidiary of Mercury Records. ... Roulette Records is a record label which was started late 1956 by George Goldner, Joe Kolsky, Morris Levy and Phil Khals, but the label was soon sold to Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ...

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Early life

Washington was born Ruth Lee Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her family moved to Chicago while she was still a child. As a child in Chicago she played piano and directed her church choir. She later studied in Walter Dyett's renowned music program at DuSable High School. There was a period when she both performed in clubs as Dinah Washington while singing and playing piano in Sallie Martin's gospel choir as Ruth Jones. Tuscaloosa is a city in west central Alabama in the southern United States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Walter Henri Dyett (1901–1969) was an American violinist and music educator. ... DuSable High School is a Bronzeville high school opened in 1934. ... Sallie Martin (1895-1988) was a gospel singer nicknamed the mother of gospel music for her efforts to popularize the songs of Thomas A. Dorsey and her influence on other artists. ...


Her penetrating voice, excellent timing, and crystal-clear enunciation added her own distinctive style to every piece she undertook. While making extraordinary recordings in jazz, blues, R&B and light pop contexts, Washington refused to record gospel music despite her obvious talent in singing it. She believed it wrong to mix the secular and spiritual, and after she had entered the non-religious professional music world she refused to include gospel in her repertoire. Washington began performing in 1942 and soon joined Lionel Hampton's band. There is some dispute about the origin of her name. Some sources say the manager of the Garrick Stage Bar gave her the name Dinah Washington, while others say Hampton selected it. Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lionel Hampton with George W. Bush Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908, Louisville, Kentucky – August 31, 2002 New York City), was a jazz bandleader and percussionist. ...


Rise to fame

In 1943 she began recording for Keynote Records and released "Evil Gal Blues", her first hit. By 1955 she had released numerous hit songs on the R&B charts, including "Baby, Get Lost", "Trouble in Mind", "You Don't Know What Love Is" (arranged by Quincy Jones), and a cover of "Cold, Cold Heart" by Hank Williams. In March of 1957 she married tenor saxophonist Eddie Chamblee, (formerly on tour with Lionel Hampton) who led the band behind her. In 1958 she made a well-received appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Keynote Records was a jazz label which released most of its records via Fantasy Records See also List of record labels Categories: Record label stubs | Record labels ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Quincy Delightt Jones Jr. ... Cold, Cold Heart is a country music and popular music song, written by Hank Williams, that is both a classic of honky tonk and an entry in the Great American Songbook. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Sr. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Newport Jazz Festival is a music festival held every August in Newport, Rhode Island. ...


With "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" 1959, Washington won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance. The song was her biggest hit, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The commercially driven album of the same name, with its heavy reliance on strings and wordless choruses, was slammed by jazz and blues critics as being far too commercial and not in keeping with her blues roots. Despite this, the album was a huge success and Washington continued to favor more commercial, pop-oriented songs rather than traditional blues and jazz songs. Along with a string of other hits, she followed this with "September In The Rain", which reached number 35 in the UK in November 1961 and #23 in the US. In 1960, she also had two top 10 hit duets with Brook Benton: "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall In Love)". She also dealt in torch songs; her rendition of the popular standard "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" was well regarded. Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording was awarded from 1959 to 1968. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... What a Diffrence a Day Makes! is a 1959 album by Dinah Washington featuring the hit single by the same name. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brook Benton (19 September 1931 — 9 April 1988) was an American singer and songwriter. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Queen of the Blues

Her vocal style has influenced many of her successors, and can still move modern listeners. [citation needed] She was married seven times, and divorced six times while having several lovers, including Quincy Jones, her young arranger. She was refined, highly intelligent, deeply spiritual, and infinitely tasteful in her style. She was a liberated woman before such a term existed. Legend has it that she wore mink in all weathers and carried two .45 pistols with her. Although she had a reputation as imperious and demanding, many found her loving, funny, generous and forgiving. Audiences sensed this remarkable combination of qualities and loved her. In London she once declared, "...there is only one heaven, one earth and one queen...Queen Elizabeth is an impostor", but the crowd loved it. Quincy Delightt Jones Jr. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ...


About six months after her marriage to football player Dick "Night Train" Lane, she died from an accidental overdose of prescription sleeping medication ingested on an empty stomach. Washington, who was just 5'2" tall and had fought a weight problem all her life, was dieting to lose weight before a New Year's Eve party she was giving with her friend Bea Buck. Richard Dick Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), nicknamed Night Train, was an American football player, best known as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions. ...


In 2007, R&B platinum-selling singer Deborah Cox reinterpreted the classic songs of Dinah Washington on her fourth album Destination Moon. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Deborah Cox (born July 13, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian R&B/House singer. ... Destination Moon is the fourth album by acclaimed R&B singer Deborah Cox. ...


A recent surge in popularity can be credited to a promo being run by Doubletree Hotels which features "Relax Max", a catchy tune from the The Swingin' Miss "D" album.


Discography

Albums

  • 1950: Dinah Washington Songs
  • 1952: Blazing Ballads
  • 1952: Dynamic Dinah
  • 1953: After Hours with Miss D
  • 1954: Jazz Sides
  • 1954: Dinah Jams
  • 1956: In the Land of Hi-Fi
  • 1956: Dinah!
  • 1956: The Swingin' Miss D
  • 1957: The Fats Waller Songbook
  • 1957: The Bessie Smith Songbook
  • 1957: Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith
  • 1957: Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller
  • 1957: Music for a First Love
  • 1957: Music for Late Hours
  • 1958: Newport (1958) [live]
  • 1959: The Queen
  • 1959: What a Diff'rence a Day Makes!
  • 1960: I Concentrate on You
  • 1960: Two of Us
  • 1962: In Love
  • 1962: Dinah '62
  • 1962: Drinking Again
  • 1962: Tears and Laughter
  • 1963: Back to the Blues
  • 1963: Dinah '63
  • 1963: In Tribute
  • 1963: The Good Old Days
  • 1963: The Late, Late Show
  • 1964: A Stranger on Earth

Dinah Jams is a 1954 album by the vocal band, Dinah Washington. ... What a Diffrence a Day Makes! is a 1959 album by Dinah Washington featuring the hit single by the same name. ...

Hit singles

Year Single US R&B Singles US Pop Singles Album
1955 "I Concentrate On You" #11 - The Complete Dinah Washington
1955 "If It's the Last Thing I Do" #13 - In Love
1955 "That's All I Want From You" #8 - 50 Greatest Hits
1955 "You Might Have Told Me" #14 - 50 Greatest Hits
1956 "I'm Lost Without You Tonight" #13 - 50 Greatest Hits
1956 "Soft Winds" #13 - 50 Greatest Hits
1958 "Make Me a Present of You" #27 - Dinah!
1959 "Unforgettable" #15 #17 The Complete Dinah Washingoton
1959 "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" #4 #8 What a Diff'rence a Day Makes
1960 "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" (with Brook Benton) #1 #5 Two of Us
1960 "Love Walked In" #16 #30 Two of Us
1960 "This Bitter Earth" #1 #24 Golden Hits
1960 "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall In Love)" (with Brook Benton) #1 #7 Two of Us
1961 "September In the Rain" #5 #23 Greatest Hits Vol. 1
1962 "Cold, Cold Heart" - #96 The Ultimate Dinah Washington
1962 "Where Are You?" - #36 Dinah '62
1962 "You're a Sweetheart" - #98 In Love
1962 "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" - #87' Dinah '62

Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... See also: 1954 in music, other events of 1955, 1956 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - RCA victor announces a marketing plan called Operation TNT. The label drops the list price on LPs from $5. ... See also: 1954 in music, other events of 1955, 1956 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - RCA victor announces a marketing plan called Operation TNT. The label drops the list price on LPs from $5. ... See also: 1954 in music, other events of 1955, 1956 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - RCA victor announces a marketing plan called Operation TNT. The label drops the list price on LPs from $5. ... See also: 1954 in music, other events of 1955, 1956 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - RCA victor announces a marketing plan called Operation TNT. The label drops the list price on LPs from $5. ... // January 1 - Blue Suede Shoes is released by Carl Perkins on the Sun Records label. ... // January 1 - Blue Suede Shoes is released by Carl Perkins on the Sun Records label. ... See also: 1957 in music, other events of 1958, 1959 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 28 - Little Richard begins attending classes at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama February 14 - The Iranian government bans rock & roll because they claim that the form... See also: 1958 in music, other events of 1959, 1960 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1959 (date unknown) Jimi Hendrix buys first electric guitar: a White Single pickup Supro Ozark 1560 S. January 5 The first sessions for Ella Fitzgeralds George... See also: 1958 in music, other events of 1959, 1960 in music, 1950s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1959 (date unknown) Jimi Hendrix buys first electric guitar: a White Single pickup Supro Ozark 1560 S. January 5 The first sessions for Ella Fitzgeralds George... What a Diffrence a Day Makes! is a 1959 album by Dinah Washington featuring the hit single by the same name. ... What a Diffrence a Day Makes! is a 1959 album by Dinah Washington featuring the hit single by the same name. ... See also: 1959 in music, other events of 1960, 1961 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. ... Brook Benton (19 September 1931 — 9 April 1988) was an American singer and songwriter. ... See also: 1959 in music, other events of 1960, 1961 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. ... See also: 1959 in music, other events of 1960, 1961 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. ... This Bitter Earth is a 1960 song made famous by rhythm and blues singer Dinah Washington. ... See also: 1959 in music, other events of 1960, 1961 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 14 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army February 6 - Songwriter Jesse Belvin dies in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. ... Brook Benton (19 September 1931 — 9 April 1988) was an American singer and songwriter. ... See also: 1960 in music, other events of 1961, 1962 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - Motown Records signs The Supremes January 20 - Francis Poulencs Gloria is premiered in Boston February 12 - The Miracles Shop Around becomes Motowns first... See also: 1960s in music. ... Cold, Cold Heart is a country music and popular music song, written by Hank Williams, that is both a classic of honky tonk and an entry in the Great American Songbook. ... See also: 1960s in music. ... See also: 1960s in music. ... See also: 1960s in music. ...

See also

Dinah Washington Park Dinah Washington Park is a park located at 8215 S. Euclid Avenue in the South Chicago community area of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was named for singer and Chicago resident Dinah Washington. ...


References

  1. ^ 'Dinah the Queen'
  2. ^ 'Documentarist Ken Burns takes on jazz'
  3. ^ Dinah Washington Biography'
  4. ^ '"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin'
  5. ^ 'One of the best singers ever, Aretha Franklin!'
  • Queen of the Blues: A Biography of Dinah Washington, Jim Haskins, 1987, William Morrow & Co. ISBN 0-688-04846-3

External links

  • Dinah Washington profile (Verve Records website)
  • Dinah Washington's Gravesite

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Dinah Washington - definition of Dinah Washington in Encyclopedia (239 words)
Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 - December 14, 1963) was a famous American blues, jazz, and gospel singer.
Washington was born Ruth Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; her family moved to Chicago, Illinois before she started school.
Washington died of an overdose of diet pills and alcohol at age 39 in 1963.
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