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The Complete Dinah Washington On Mercury, Vol. 6 (1958-1960)

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Up until 1959, Dinah Washington was able to excel in every musical setting that she found herself. A strong jazz/blues vocalist who had many R&B hits, Washington always sounded confident and soulful even when backed by studio orchestras. However after her February 19, 1959 recording of "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" became a major hit and she gained fame, Washington stuck to safely commercial pop music. Even when she was singing superior songs during the 1959-1963 period, she was always backed by large orchestras outfitted with extremely commercial charts better suited to country-pop stars. The sixth in Mercury's series of three-CD sets starts with the February 19 session and covers 21 months in Washington's career.

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The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury

Like a candle on a dark dusty shelf that refuses to go out; there's Dinah Washington she only lived to age 39 , but could sing anything ( standards of that day ) she was like the Aretha Franklin of the 40s & 50s. Sometimes she even recorded songs that were somewhat risqué which only added to her appeal.
I owned most of this entire set and it was well worth it and long overdue.

You will definitely enjoy!


Born: August 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Dinah Washington was at once one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century -- beloved to her fans, devotees, and fellow singers; controversial to critics who still accuse her of selling out her art to commerce and bad taste. Her principal sin, apparently, was to cultivate a distinctive vocal style that was at home in all kinds of music, be it R&B, blues, jazz, middle of the road pop -- and she probably would have made a fine gospel or country singer had she the time. Hers...
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