Baby Washington

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: soul female vocalists 60s rhythm and blues northern soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Justine Washington, 13 November 1940, Bamberg, South Carolina, USA. Washington’s (aka Jeanette Washington) tremendously moving voice, earthy but sophisticated, perfectly epitomized uptown soul. Yet unlike her southern counterparts she never experienced great crossover recognition, although once cited by Dusty Springfield as her all-time favourite singer.

Washington was raised in Harlem, singing first in a vocal group, the Hearts, in 1956 and becoming a solo artist the following year for the J&S label. She built a career with 16 chart entries during a decade and a half, most of them during the 60s, recording in New York first for Donald Shaw’s Neptune label and then for Juggy Murray’s Sue Records label. She established herself as a major soul singer recording ‘The Time’ (US R&B Top 30) and ‘The Bells’ (US R&B Top 20), both in 1959, and ‘Nobody Cares’ (US R&B Top 20) in 1961. Moving...

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