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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Dinah Washington: “The Queen”

Dinah Washington: “The Queen”

(p.188) Dinah Washington: “The Queen”
Jazz Changes

Williams Martin

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Dinah Washington (real name: Ruth Jones) was raised on praise music and was a member of church choir as a pianist before she was fifteen years old. She became a jazz performer by winning an amateur contest. She also worked with Lionel Hampton. In an interview, Washington stated the she objected to her nickname as the “Queen of the Blues,” because she sings more pop music than blues. Though her first record entitled “Evil Gal Blues” had four blues singles.

Keywords:   Dinah Washington, Ruth Jones, Lionel Hampton, Queen of the blues, Evil Gal Blues

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