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Dinah Washington

Born 29 August 1924. Died 14 December 1963.
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Jazz Library - Dinah Washington

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick the essential recordings by Dinah Washington.

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Biography

Dinah Washington, born Ruth Lee Jones (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963), was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the '50s". Primarily a jazz vocalist, she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music, and gave herself the title of "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.

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