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
 a star.

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
poor felt like, so she gave them everything she could. They were spoiled, like all mothers who want the best for their childern.

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.