Monday, July 24, 2017

Dinah Washington – What A Diff’rence A Days Makes (Mercury)

Born in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dinah Washington made her debut at the age of 2O, dropping her first single – ‘I Know How To Do It’ on Keynote Recordings. Considered as the most poular Black female recording artist of the 50’s, she embraced various styles from Blues, R&B and Jazz , releasing a total amount of 57 albums.
Taken from her 1959 released album of the likes, the Maria Grever and Stanley Adams penned ‘What A Diff’rence A Day Makes’ – initially a Spanish song titled ‘Cuando vuelva a tu lado’ (‘When I Return To Your Side’) – stands among her biggest classics, as to Esther Phillips who gave it a memmorable Disco cover version some 16 years later.
Dinah died on Dec. 14, 1963 at the early age of 39. An autopsy later showed a lethal combination of secobarbital and amobarbital, which contributed to her death.

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