Dinah Washington was at once one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century -- beloved to her fans, devotees, and fellow singers; controversial to critics who still accuse her of selling out her art to commerce and bad taste. Her principal sin, apparently, was to cultivate a distinctive vocal style that was at home in all kinds of music, be it R&B, blues, jazz, middle of the road pop -- and she probably would have made a fine gospel or country singer had she the time. Hers was a gritty, salty, high-pitched voice, marked by absolute clarity of diction and clipped, bluesy phrasing. Washington's personal life was turbulent, with seven marriages behind her, and her interpretations showed it, for she displayed a tough, totally unsentimental, yet still gripping hold on the universal subject of lost love. She has had ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Dinah Washington Songs 1950 Dinah Washington Songs Mercury
 
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Blazing Ballads 1952 Blazing Ballads Mercury
 
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Dynamic Dinah 1952 Dynamic Dinah Mercury
 
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After Hours with Miss D 1954 After Hours with Miss D Verve
 
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Dinah Jams 1954 Dinah Jams PolyGram
 
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In the Land of Hi-Fi 1956 In the Land of Hi-Fi Emarcy / GRP
 
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Dinah! 1956 Dinah! Emarcy
 
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The Swingin' Miss "D" 1956 The Swingin' Miss "D" Universal / Verve
 
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Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller 1957 Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller Verve
 
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Music for a First Love 1957 Music for a First Love Mercury / Verve
 
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Music for Late Hours 1957 Music for Late Hours Mercury
 
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Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith 1958 Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith Verve / Emarcy
 
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Jazz Sides 1958 Jazz Sides Polygram
 
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Newport (1958) 1958 Newport (1958) Verve Reissues
 
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The Bessie Smith Songbook 1958 The Bessie Smith Songbook Emarcy
 
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What a Diff'rence a Day Makes 1959 What a Diff'rence a Day Makes Verve / Mercury / Universal
 
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The Queen 1959 The Queen Mercury
 
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The Queen 1959 The Queen Verve
 
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I Concentrate on You 1960 I Concentrate on You Verve Reissues
 
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The Two of Us 1960 The Two of Us Verve / Polygram
 
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Dinah '62 1962 Dinah '62 Roulette Records
 
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Drinking Again 1962 Drinking Again
 
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Tears and Laughter 1962 Tears and Laughter
 
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Dinah '63 1963 Dinah '63 Roulette Records
 
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The Good Old Days 1963 The Good Old Days
 
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In Love 1963 In Love Blue Note / Roulette Records
 
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In Tribute 1963 In Tribute Roulette Records / WPCR
 
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The Late, Late Show 1963 The Late, Late Show Verve / Wing
 
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Sings 1963 Sings Verve
 
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Back to the Blues 1963 Back to the Blues Pure Pleasure Records
 
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A Stranger on Earth 1964 A Stranger on Earth
 
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