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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.

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.

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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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