In 1996, Dinah Washington Was Inducted
Into The International Jazz Hall of Fame
Born:-1924 - Died:-1963
Queen Of The Blues Dinah Washington was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and raised in Chicago. Washington grew up very poor and could never get over that mentality. As a child she sang in church and also played the piano. Singing in church is where she learned about music.
At the age of 15 she won an amateur contest
at Chicago's Regal Theater. Washington saw where she could make money singing
in night clubs. Later she made her recording debut with Lionel Hampton's
band. By the age of 22 she was
Washington's personal life was full of ups
and downs. She felt that she was unattractive and unloved. She was married
seven times and had a number of lovers. During all of this she had two
sons. She never wanted them to know what
Washington was one of the most influential singers of the early 40's and 50's. She made her phrasing and tonal variations of gospel an inescapable part of popular music. Her original style paved the way for others. More often then not, the blues that she sang was close to her actual life.