Dinah Washington began her career as a gospel singer and later earned the undeniable title "Queen of the Blues".
Born Ruth Jones in Tuscaloosa in 1924, Washington moved to Chicago with her family. Touring with gospel singer Sallie Martin led to an audition for Lionel Hampton, who changed her name and took her on tour from 1943 to 1946. She then began a solo career and established a solid reputation as the best jazz and blues singer of the age.
Washington made many recordings demonstrating her gospel and blues roots. She died in Detroit Dec. 14,1963.
Washington is a 1991 Lifework Award for Performing Achievement recipient.
Other Dinah Washington Links:
Dinah Washington's Music
Dinah Washington at Rockhall.com