(Mercury) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1959 'Mercury' LP album - Originally sealed copies
Arranged And Conducted By Belford Hendricks
Here's the new Dinah Washington !
New in the sense that for the first time in her 15 years of vocalizing for the wax works she
finally made it big with a pop-styled singles release. New in that her great vocalizing on What A
Difference .4 Day Made projected her past the thousands who dug her the most as a jazz ambas-
sador and 'Queen of the Blues.' Past the thousands of jazz aficionadoes to the millions who now
join her legion.
Dinah's the peak of emotions. She parlays the lyrics and music into a living, up-to-the-minute hit, even if the songs herein are standards of the 1920-on-up vintage. What A Difference A Day Made was truly, to use the cliche, a notable experiment. It blended Dinah's intense lyricising with a velvety tapestry of massed strings and harmonizing voices.
The result—a nationwide hit for la Washington in an era when both girl singers and perennially-popular standards are almost out-of-the-money candidates in the disk derby. Dinah kayoed both onuses. Her pervasive quality isn't just an overnite transformation.
Dinah harkens back to almost every kind of vocal music when she chants these all-time hits.
As a child, she was a choir soprano. In her teens, she was discovered by orkster Lionel Hampton and actually her first records, released over 15 years ago, were made while she was still winging on the Hampton bandstand.
She's truly the Queen, as she regally romps thru musical Americana.