Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 - December 14, 1963), born Ruth Lee Jones, was a blues, R&B and jazz singer. She has been cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the '50s," and called "The Queen of the Blues." She is a 1986 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Ruth Jones was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and moved to Chicago as a child. She sang gospel music in church and played piano, directing her church choir in her teens and being a member of the Sallie Martin Gospel Singers. After winning a talent contest at the age of 15, she began performing in clubs. She appeared at the Garrick Bar in 1942, and was recommended as a vocalist to Lionel Hampton. Changing her stage name to Dinah Washington, she joined Hampton in 1943. She made her recording debut for the Keynote label that December with "Evil Gal Blues," written by Leonard Feather and backed by Hampton and musicians from his band, including Joe Morris (trumpet} and Milt Buckner (piano). Both that record and its follow-up, "Salty Papa Blues," made Billboard's "Harlem Hit Parade" in 1944.show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
  • CIV
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134973904
  • 9786134973908