Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Dinah Washington Gives Her All To "All Of Me"

To the clear delight of the crowd at the the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, Dinah Washington sings a powerful "All of Me" backed up by a swinging all-star lineup: Wynton Kelly, piano; Paul West, bass; Max Roach, drums; Urbie Green, trombone, and Terry Gibbs, vibes. She even helps out with the vibes. Washington was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the category "Early Influence," in 1993. Known as the "Queen of the Blues, she declared at a London performance, ""...there is only one heaven, one earth and one queen... Elizabeth is an impostor."

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