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The Late Miss D: Dinah Washington on Roulette, 1962-63

"The Late Miss D" features the last recordings of Dinah Washington, who died at the age of 38 in 1963.

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Dinah Washington“The Late Miss D” features the 1962-63 Roulette recordings of Dinah Washington, who died at the age of 38 in 1963. Washington’s Roulette period offers a mix of ballads with strings, blues, pop, and big-band jazz; although often overshadowed by her long stay on Mercury (1946-61), this last chapter in the career of a legendary singer shows her maintaining the same high standards of soulful performance. These recordings are now collected in a Mosaic Records box set; there’s also a new biography, Queen: the Life and Music of Dinah Washington, written by Nadine Cohodas.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Ill Wind/For All We Know
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette Recordings (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Previously unreleased; with Jack Wilson on piano, Frank Wess on flute

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Drinking Again
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: previously unreleased version

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Destination Moon
Dinah Washington — Dinah '62 (Roulette, 1962)
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Where Are You?
Dinah Washington — Dinah '62 (Roulette, 1962)

Notes: Washington's first hit for Roulette

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I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life
Dinah Washington — Drinking Again (Roulette, 1962)
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I Wouldn't Know What to Do
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette Recordings (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Previously released only as a single.

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Take Me in Your Arms
Dinah Washington — Dinah '63 (Roulette, 1962)

Notes: W/guitarist Kenny Burrell.

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Blue Gardenia
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette Recordings (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: Previously unreleased

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I Ran Out of Reasons
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette Recordings (Mosaic, 1962)

Notes: DW backed by the New Allegros. Posthumously released on Roulette's IN TRIBUTE album.

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Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning
Dinah Washington — Back to the Blues (Roulette, 1962)
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Key to the Highway
Dinah Washington — Back to the Blues (Roulette, 1962)

Notes: Big Bill Broonzy blues classic.

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A Stranger on Earth
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette Recordings (Mosaic, 1963)
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Soulville
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette Recordings (Mosaic, 1963)

Notes: Co-written by Dinah Washington.

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They Said You'd Come Back Running
Dinah Washington — Comp. Roulette Recordings (Mosaic, 1963)

Notes: Co-written by Dinah Washington. Last song she ever recorded.

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If I Never Get to Heaven
Dinah Washington — Back to the Blues (Roulette, 1962)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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