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Queen is the landmark biography of the brief, intensely lived life and soulful music of the great Dinah Washington.

A gospel star at 15, she was discovered by jazz great Lionel Hampton at 18, and for the rest of her life was on the road—playing clubs or singing in the studio—making music one way or another.

Dinah's tart and heartfelt voice quickly became her trademark; she was a distinctive stylist, crossing over from the "race" music category to the pop and the jazz charts. Known in her day as Queen of the Blues and Queen of the Juke Boxes, Dinah was regarded as that rare "first take" artist, her studio recordings reflecting the same passionate energy she brought to the stage. As Cohodas shows us, Dinah suffered her share of heartbreak in her personal life, but she thrived on the growing audience response that greeted her signature tunes: "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes," "Evil Gal Blues," and "Baby (You've Got What it Takes)," with Brook Benton. She made every song she sang her own.

Dinah lived large, with her seven marriages, her penchant for clothes, cars, furs, and diets and her famously feisty personality – testy one moment and just as generous the next. This biography is the first to draw on extensive interviews with family members and newly discovered documents. It is a revelation of Dinah's work and her life. We hear in this book the voice of a natural star, born to entertain and be loved.

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from Verve Records

Queen: The Music of Dinah Washington

I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Recorded August 3, 1954 in Los Angeles
If I Loved You - Recorded February 27, 1950
I Thought About You - Recorded circa December 1955
A Foggy Day - Recorded June 15, 1954 at Fine Sound, New York City
I’ll Drown in My Tears - Recorded probably November 21, 1956 in New York City
You Let My Love Grow Cold - Recorded probably November 21, 1956 in New York City
Cry Me a River - Recorded probably in the second half of 1959 at Fine Recording, New York City
Sunny Side of the Street - Recorded April 24, 1956 in New York City
Please Send Me Someone to Love - Recorded February 27, 1951 in New York City
Trouble in the Lowlands - Recorded August 17, 1961 in New York City
A Slick Chick - Recorded October 3, 1946 in New York City
Dinah Tells a Joke - Recorded March 15 or 16, 1955 in New York City

For more information contact:

Karen Leipziger
KL Productions


© 2004 Nadine Cohodas. All Rights Reserved.

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