First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story (The Original Recordings)

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First Issue, which coincided with the United States Postal Service's issue of a stamp bearing the image of Dinah Washington, is a two-disc, 46-song anthology of her recordings for Keynote, Mercury, Verve, Wing, and EmArcy from 1943-1961. The set chronicles Washington's evolution from a strictly jazz and blues vocalist in the Bessie Smith tradition to an important crossover artist who could appeal equally to the pop audience. The collection is not entirely hit-oriented -- although it rounds up her important R&B and pop singles, including the crossover hits "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" and "Baby, You've Got What It Takes" a duet with Brook Benton, there is also an early bluesy session with Lionel Hampton and a few...
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First Issue, which coincided with the United States Postal Service's issue of a stamp bearing the image of Dinah Washington, is a two-disc, 46-song anthology of her recordings for Keynote, Mercury, Verve, Wing, and EmArcy from 1943-1961. The set chronicles Washington's evolution from a strictly jazz and blues vocalist in the Bessie Smith tradition to an important crossover artist who could appeal equally to the pop audience. The collection is not entirely hit-oriented -- although it rounds up her important R&B and pop singles, including the crossover hits "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" and "Baby, You've Got What It Takes" a duet with Brook Benton, there is also an early bluesy session with Lionel Hampton and a few notable album tracks that show the variety of material she handled. Some of her Top Ten R&B hits are omitted, but Washington was a prolific hitmaker beyond that which a two-disc set can contain. Washington recorded nearly 500 sides during the period covered by First Issue, and this generous survey is an excellent compromise for buyers wanting a thorough anthology but who are unwilling to commit to the expensive series of box sets that comprise The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1993
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451484124
  • Catalog Number: 514841

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinah Washington Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Brook Benton Vocals
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Beryl Booker Piano
Clifford Brown Trumpet
Milt Buckner Piano
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Arnett Cobb Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Coles Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Terry Gibbs Vocals
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Lionel Hampton Drums
John Hicks Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones Conductor
Wynton Kelly Piano
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
Melba Liston Trombone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Joe Newman Trumpet
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Julian Priester Trombone
Jerome Richardson Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Max Roach Drums
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Jack Wilson Piano
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Patti Bown Piano
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone
Rick Henderson Alto Saxophone
Rod Levitt Trombone
Red Richards Piano
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Ed Thigpen Drums
Charles Davis Baritone Saxophone
Jackie Davis Organ
Richard Evans Bass
Mitch Miller Oboe
Hal Mooney Conductor
William Parker Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson Piano
Joe Zawinul Piano
Larry Belton Baritone Saxophone
Keter Betts Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Billy Byers Trombone
Candido Camero Bongos
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Rupert Cole Alto Saxophone
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Don Elliott Mellotron
Ernie Wilkins Conductor, Alto Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Milt Hinton Bass
George Hudson Trumpet
Gus Johnson Drums
Walter Johnson Drums
Reunald Jones Trumpet
Junior Mance Piano
Joe Morris Trumpet
George Morrow Bass
Charlie Persip Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Russo Trombone
Rudy Rutherford Clarinet
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Sahib Shihab Alto Saxophone
Teddy Stewart Drums
Leonard Heavy Swain Bass
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
John Williams [double bass] Bass
Shep Shepard Drums
Bob Merrill Trumpet
Rudy Martin Piano
Gus Chappell Trombone
Nat Goodman Conductor
Richie Powell Piano
Frank Galbraith Trumpet
Benny Golston Tenor Saxophone
Sylvester Payne Drums
Larry Richards Baritone Saxophone
Vernon King Bass
Arnold Jarvis Piano
Paul E. West Bass
Technical Credits
Brook Benton Composer
Leonard Feather Composer, Producer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Nat Pierce Arranger
Tab Smith Composer
Dinah Washington Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Mitch Miller Arranger
Hal Mooney Arranger, Producer
Don Robertson Composer
Al Cohn Arranger
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Billy Byers Arranger
Irving Caesar Composer
Luchi de Jesus Composer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Johnny Green Composer
Belford Hendricks Arranger
Edward Heyman Composer
Michael Lang Executive Producer
Phil Medley Composer
Clyde Otis Composer, Producer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Bob Shad Producer
Richard Himber Composer
Cootie Williams & His Orchestra Contributor
Michael Bays Art Direction
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Hal Mooney Orchestra Contributor
William Sanford Composer
Billy Moore Composer
Clifford Grey Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
Abe Schiff Composer
Anna Spencer Composer
Sylvester Sprigato Composer
Jules Stein Composer
Irving Berman Composer
Jane Feather Composer
Frank Warshauer Composer
Ernie Wilkins Orchestra Contributor
Billy Rose Composer
Leo Hickman Composer
Jeanne Burns Composer
Belford Hendricks Orchestra Contributor
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