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The Dinah Washington Appreciation Thread

Often referred to as a blues singer, even though she more often sang jazz & pop, this woman had a hell of a voice. She's one of my absolute favorites, and her '50s albums for the EmArcy label are all brilliant. She's in the upper echelon of jazz singers, with Sarah, Billie, and Ella. Her recordings from 1959 on were mostly bland pop with string and choral backing, but most of what she did from 1942-1959 is gold. She died way too young, from an accidental overdose of barbiturates in 1963. Here's one of my favorite songs of hers, a cover of Hank Snow's country classic "I Don't Hurt Anymore." Dinah sings the fuck out of this.


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