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Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington

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Queen is the landmark biography of the brief, intensely lived life and soulful music of the great Dinah Washington.

A gospel star at fifteen, she was discovered by jazz great Lionel Hampton at eighteen, and for the rest of her life was on the road, playing clubs, or singing in the studio--making music one way or another.

Dinah's tart and heartfelt voice quickly became her t
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Pantheon
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David Freeland
Cohodas has certainly done her research. Facts and details are painstakingly excavated. But somehow the soul of the great Dinah Washington - one of the most brilliant vocalists of the 20th century - is missing. I suppose it's the difference between scholarship and insight. A book about as sly and capricious a person as Dinah should not be a dry read. For this reason, although it's technically the lesser work, I think I prefer the late Jim Haskins' more by-the-numbers biography that appeared in t ...more
Jason Schneider
While this book provided some insight into (as the title says) the life and music of Dinah Washington, it seemed tedious at times and to be more of an itinerary of her club dates. After having read the autobiographies of Anita O'Day and Rosemary Clooney, I suppose I was expecting to get more of a sense of Dinah as a person rather than where she played and with whom. Her life was cut short at age 39, though, so Dinah didn't have an opportunity to put her life on paper in her own words. Nadine Coh ...more
Anthony Santagati
The subject alone makes the read worthwhile but the author seems condescending in both tone and spirit towards the Queen. She treats her talent and energies as a great, mysterious "other" and fails to acknowledge in many ways the study and work and effort that went into Ms. Washington's music. Still, I'd suggest the read if only as a gateway into Dinah Washington's life; it's nothing if not comprehensive, even if it misses the mark on her inner self.
Wow! What a spitfire she was. This is the story of Dinah Washington who I have admired for years. I loved reading this book even though it was sometimes redundant. Her struggles with addiction to pills was her ulrimate downfall, dying of an overdose. What this book did very well was humanize Dinah sort of shattering the image of a perfect celebrity life.
Stephanie Whittaker
good book about a great singer
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