Dinah Washington

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by Dinah Washington

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Ruth Lee Jones, 29 August 1924, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, d. 14 December 1963, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Raised in Chicago, Dinah Washington first sang in church choirs for which she also played piano. She then worked in local clubs, where she was heard by Lionel Hampton, who promptly hired her. She was with Hampton from 1943-46, recording hits with ‘Evil Gal Blues’, written by Leonard Feather, and ‘Salty Papa Blues’. After leaving Hampton she sang R&B, again achieving... Read more

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jazz
female vocalists
blues
jazz vocal
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