Personalities | Dinah Washington | Roots of Rock

(Vocals, 1924–63)

Dinah Washington influenced countless R&B and jazz singers, including Nancy Wilson and Esther Phillips. Born Ruth Lee Jones, the young singer moved quickly from her gospel roots to become a pro pianist, big band singer with Lionel Hampton and jazz and blues solo artist. After Washington’s ‘What A Diff’rence A Day Makes’ became a major national hit, she stuck with a formula of orchestrated pop. An accidental overdose killed her at 39.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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