Dinah Washington (born Ruth Lee Jones; August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963), was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”. 64 more words
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Probably it was inevitable that Joni Mitchell’s album Blue would find its way into one of my essays. That’s because it is one of my all-time favorite records. 1,242 more words
Pearl had a killer record collection.
It was vast and included a wide array of musical genres and artists: Mario Lanza, the handsome tenor and favorite son of Philadelphia, Yma Sumac, the exotic Inca princess with a five octave voice, Sérgio Mendes and Brasil ’66 (♫Night and Day), Trini Lopez, Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, Broadway show soundtracks (especially of the shows she had traveled to New York to see, like ♫West Side Story and ♫Funny Girl), Franz Liszt’s ♫Hungarian Rhapsodies, André Previn playing ♫Rhapsody in Blue and the singers of the Great American Songbook: Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday (another Philadelphian) and her favorite, Dinah Washington. 197 more words