ABSTRACT

Dinah Washington lived fast, died young, and left an indelible mark, especially on the music that became known as soul. With a huge, powerful voice and a style that could be alternately earthy and ethereal, Washington was a music legend conquering jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and pop. She earned a reputation as one of the premier singers of her time—and the well-deserved nickname, "Queen of the Blues." The jazz historian Leonard Feather called her "a unique interpreter of pop songs, a great blues singer, and a performer with complete savoir faire."