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Miss D On Mercury

A look at singer Dinah Washington, and her years recording for the Mercury record label in the 1940s and 50s.

"Dinah Jams" from 1954 was one of Dinah Washington's first LPs for Mercury's jazz subsidiary label EmArcy. It was a live jam session featuring Clifford Brown, Max Roach, and other top jazz musicians.

Dinah Washington was known as the “Queen Of The Blues,” but really, she was so much more than that. Washington was a jazz, pop, AND R&B diva, with an ability to sell a song with cool, confident, hard-edged style that was like no other. This hour on the program, we’ll give a brief exploration of Washington’s thirteen year run on the Mercury Record label, where she crafted some of her biggest hits like “Cold, Cold Heart” and “What A Diff’rence A Day Made.”

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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