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There will never be another Dinah Washington
on 24 October 2002
Anybody who likes Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald will love Dinah, who at times reminds me of them, but her style is very much her own.
This is an excellent introduction to Dinah's music. It includes all the essential solo tracks, but not the famous duets with Brook Benton, which I already had on a Brook Benton compilation.
Apart from the essential songs (like Mad about the boy, What a difference a day makes and September in the rain), the collection is filled with covers of the great classics of the thirties, forties and fifties. That's no bad thing, as Dinah always stamps her own identity on the songs while respecting the original. You wouldn't mistake Dinah's version of Cry me a river for Julie London's. Both are brilliant, but different. So it is throughout this set. Smoke gets in your eyes and Love letters are other good examples.
If you haven't got any of Dinah's music, begin here, but don't just stop at this - explore further.