Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes

Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes

by Dinah Washington

A third-generation blues singer who matched the interpretive brilliance of Billie Holiday and the vocal sweetness of Ella Fitzgerald very early in her career, Dinah Washington needed precious little time to hone her art. While still a teenager, she recorded her first hit…  See more details below


A third-generation blues singer who matched the interpretive brilliance of Billie Holiday and the vocal sweetness of Ella Fitzgerald very early in her career, Dinah Washington needed precious little time to hone her art. While still a teenager, she recorded her first hit, "Evil Gal Blues," with Lionel Hampton's band, and was recording as a solo act by 1946. During the next five years she steadily broadened her interests past classic female blues to embrace swing, traditional pop, jive -- no jazz-based genre lay beyond her grasp. For vocal fans unwilling to expend the effort or cash required for Mercury's massive series The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury (over 20 discs of issued sides and alternates), this four-disc set by The Jazz Factory will come as quite a relief. Covering 1946 through 1951, her first five years at Mercury (plus an early Keynote session from 1943 that grabs "Evil Gal Blues"), Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes covers some of the best material of her career, a period resulting in music that varied from Cootie Williams to Mitch Miller.

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Release Date:
Jazz Factory Spain


Disc 1

  1. Embraceable You
  2. I Can't Get Started
  3. When a Woman Loves a Man
  4. Joy Juice
  5. Oo Wee Walkie Talkie
  6. The Man I Love
  7. You Didn't Want Me Then
  8. A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side)
  9. Postman Blues
  10. That's Why a Woman Loves a Heel
  11. Stairway to the Stars
  12. I Want to Be Loved
  13. You Satisfy
  14. Fool That I Am
  15. There's Got to Be a Change
  16. Mean and Evil Blues
  17. Since I Fell for You
  18. West Side Baby
  19. You Can Depend on Me
  20. Early in the Morning
  21. I'm Afraid of You
  22. I Love You, Yes I Do
  23. Mean and Evil Blues
  24. Evil Gal Blues
  25. I Know How to Do It
  26. Salty Papa Blues
  27. Homeward Bound

Disc 2

  1. Don't Come Knocking at My Door
  2. I Wish I Knew the Name of the Boy
  3. No More Lonely Gal Blues
  4. Walkin' and Talkin'
  5. Ain't Misbehavin'
  6. (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?
  7. Tell Me So
  8. I Can't Face the Music
  9. Pete
  10. Am I Asking Too Much?
  11. I'm Getting Old Before My Time
  12. Record Ban Blues
  13. Resolution Blues
  14. I Want to Cry
  15. Long John Blues
  16. In the Rain
  17. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
  18. I'll Wait
  19. It's Too Soon to Know
  20. Why Can't You Behave?
  21. It's Funny
  22. Laughing Boy
  23. Am I Really Sorry?

Disc 3

  1. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  2. New York, Chicago & Los Angeles
  3. Give Me Back My Tears
  4. Good Daddy Blues
  5. Baby Get Lost
  6. I Only Know
  7. Drummer Man
  8. I Challenge Your Kiss
  9. Fast Movin' Mama
  10. Juice Head Man of Mine
  11. Shuckin' and Jivin'
  12. Richest Guy in the Graveyard
  13. Journey's End
  14. It Isn't Fair
  15. My Kind of Man
  16. If I Loved You
  17. Why Don't You Think Things Over?
  18. Big Deal
  19. I'll Never Be Free
  20. I Wanna Be Loved
  21. Love (Me) With Misery
  22. Harbor Lights
  23. I Cross My Fingers
  24. Time Out for Tears

Disc 4

  1. Only a Moment Ago
  2. Fine Fine Daddy
  3. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  4. Ain't Nobody's Business But Mine
  5. I'm So Lonely I Could Cry
  6. My Heart Cries for You
  7. I Apologize
  8. I Won't Cry Anymore
  9. Don't Say You're Sorry Again
  10. Mixed Emotions
  11. Cold, Cold Heart
  12. Baby Did You Hear?
  13. New Blowtop Blues
  14. What's the Matter Baby
  15. Don't Hold It Against Me
  16. Be Fair to Me
  17. Just One More Chance
  18. Saturday Night
  19. If You Don't Think I'm Leavin'
  20. I'm a Fool to Want You
  21. I'm Crying
  22. Out in the Cold Again
  23. Hey, Good Looking

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dinah Washington   Primary Artist
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Milt Buckner   Piano
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Jimmy Heath   Alto Saxophone
John Hicks   Tenor Saxophone
Melba Liston   Trombone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone
Gerald Wilson   Trumpet
Matthew Gee   Trombone
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Red Richards   Piano
Mitch Miller   Oboe
James Robinson   Trombone
Harry Jackson   Trumpet
John "Johnny" Adriano Acea   Piano
Larry Belton   Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Brannon   Piano
Ray Brown   Bass
Jimmy Bunn   Piano
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Rupert Cole   Alto Saxophone
John Coltrane   Alto Saxophone
Clyde Dunn   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Wilkins   Alto Saxophone
Henry Green   Drums
George Hudson   Trumpet
Walter Johnson   Drums
Joe Morris   Trumpet
Benny Powell   Trombone
Rudy Rutherford   Clarinet
Bill Settles   Bass
Maurice Simon   Bass
Leonard Heavy Swain   Bass
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Andrew Gardner   Alto Saxophone
Rudy Martin   Piano
Curtis Walker   Drums
Charles Greenlea   Trombone
Vernon Slater   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Radcliffe   Drums
Vernon King   Bass
Russell Royster   Trumpet
Dave Young Orchestra   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Williams & His Orchestra   Bass
Tony Alless   Piano
Arnold Jarvis   Piano

Technical Credits

Alberta Hunter   Composer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Baxter   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Joe Newman   Composer
Tab Smith   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Dinah Washington   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Joe Wilder   Composer
Abe Lyman   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Mitch Miller   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Hadda Brooks   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Armand Piron   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Dallas Bartley   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Cameron   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Friedlander   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Eric Nelson   Composer
Lillie Palmer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Teddy Stewart   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Leonard Heavy Swain   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Fred Hodges   Composer
Charles Carpenter   Composer
Floyd Hunt   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Savannah Churchill   Composer
Richard Himber   Composer
Jack Wolf   Composer
Mundy   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
William Farrar   Composer
Antonio González Padilla   Liner Notes
Billy Moore   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Frederick Hollander   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Miriam Lewis   Composer
Stuart F. Louchheim   Composer
Abe Schiff   Composer
Anna Spencer   Composer
Sylvester Sprigato   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Irving Berman   Composer
Deborah Chessler   Composer
Ravon Darnell   Composer
Holmes Daylie   Composer
Louis Dunlap   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Tommy George   Composer
Frank Warshauer   Composer
Goodhart   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sally Nix   Composer
Joel Herron   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Leo Hickman   Composer
Robert Lee   Composer
Fay Whitman   Composer
Katie Scton   Composer
Teepee Mitchell   Composer
Frank Messner   Composer
Gerry Gladstone   Composer
Lanny Grey   Composer
Jeanne Burns   Composer

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