Happy Birthday, Dinah Washington (1924-1963)
I would have never discovered the great Dinah Washington if I hadn't been such a fan of Frank Rosolino. It must have been 1992 or 1993, when I was searching out every recording of Rosolino, that I came across his participation in some albums with Dinah Washington. At that time, I knew my jazz history, but I couldn't have told you much about her other than "she was a bluesy jazz singer in the 1950s". I went to Tower Records and bought Dinah! and I was immediately hooked; from there, The Fats Waller Songbook and The Bessie Smith Songbook. I've probably listened to her rendition of Fats Waller's "Christopher Columbus" more than any other vocal tracks I own, save a few by Ella, Sarah, Carmen, and Billie. In fact, I'm going to put it on right now - you should, too. Happy Birthday, Dinah!