Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dinah Washington – Cry Me A River (Mercury)

Born in Tuscaloosa, AL on Aug. 29, 1924 prior to be movin’ to Chicago, IL as a child, Dinah Washington made her classes, singing Gospel and playing piano for the choir in St. Luke’s Baptist Church while still in elementary school.
She began performing in clubs in 1941 after winning a talent contest at the age of 15, eventually offered by Lionel Hampton to become his female band vocalist with whom she would stay until 1946, with her first recording – ‘Evil Gal Blues’ – released on Keynote. She then got signed to Mercury Records as a solo artist, scoring 27 R&B Top 10 hits. 1959 seeing her getting her first Top 10 pop hit with her rendition of the memorable Maria Grever and Stanley Adams penned ‘What A Diff’rence A Day Makes’, taken from her 1959 released album of the likes featuring a cover of Julie London‘s timeless ‘Cry Me A River’ as arranged and conducted by Belford Kendricks, although it doesn’t seem it ever got released as a single though.
Early on the morning of Dec. 14, 1963, Dinah got found unresponsive by her husband while sleeping in his arms. A doctor soon after came to the scene to pronounce her death. An autopsy showing a lethal combination of secobarbital and amobarbital which contributed to her death. She was aged 39…

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