Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington

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 a huge influence on R&B and jazz singers who have followed in her wake, notably Nancy Wilson, Esther Phillips, and Diane Schuur.

Title Album Genre Tools
Soulville Blues, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Dinah Washington
Era:
2010s
Genres:
Blues and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Horns, Trombone, and Trumpet
Key:
A♭
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Party
Scene Descriptions:
Night Club, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Delta Blues, Louisiana Blues, and Soul
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
female
BPM:
153
Release Year:
2011
Track ID:
42422
main mix 2:23 160k MP3
Take Me Back