Dinah Washington

There is only, one heaven, one Earth, and one queen (me)

  • Name: Dinah Washington
  • Born: August 29, 1924
  • Died: December 14, 1963 (Age 39)
  • From: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Occupation: Musician
  • Awards: Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance (1959, What a Diff’rence a Day Makes), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993)
  • Fun Fact: Washington started performing at clubs at only 15 years old.

Dinah Washington was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”. Primarily a jazz vocalist, she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music, and gave herself the title of “Queen of the Blues”.


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