Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953

Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953

by Dinah Washington

A four-CD box set containing 107 tracks, The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953 traces the first decade of Dinah Washington's recording career on 78s and 45s with a song on either side, starting with her stint with Lionel Hampton and continuing through the…  See more details below


A four-CD box set containing 107 tracks, The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953 traces the first decade of Dinah Washington's recording career on 78s and 45s with a song on either side, starting with her stint with Lionel Hampton and continuing through the early years of her solo career. The album title implies an equivalence among the three labels for which Washington recorded in this period, but that is just a way of assuring the potential customer that those early Hampton sides -- the Keynote singles "Evil Gal Blues/Homeward Bound" and "Salty Papa Blues/I Know How to Do It" featuring a Hampton sextet, and Hampton's Decca single "Blow Top Blues" -- are included. In fact, most of this material comes from Mercury, and that means her string of solo R&B hits starting with 1948's "Ain't Misbehavin'" and running through 1953's double-sided "TV Is the Thing (This Year)/Fat Daddy," with the chart toppers "Am I Asking Too Much" and "Baby Get Lost" in between, along with all the B-sides (some of which also charted) and plenty of non-chart items, all in chronological order. That sequencing allows an appreciation of Washington's development from the bluesy jazz and big-band efforts of the early recordings through jump blues to a mixture of '50s R&B and lush pop efforts. It's clear that Mercury hoped to cross Washington over to the pop charts, and every now and then, strings and a hearty backup chorus signal an attempt to push her toward the sound of Patti Page. But only "I Wanna Be Loved" made an impression on the pop chart in this period, and the poppier efforts tended to miss the R&B charts, where Washington otherwise scored consistently in the Top Ten. Sometimes, she did so by going gutbucket and gritty, such as on "Long John Blues," perhaps the most salacious song ever written about dentistry ("You thrill me when you drill me") and a number three hit in 1949. But Washington got to the same chart peak with her version of Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart," which suggests both her versatility and the range of Mercury's demands on her. Indeed, she was frequently called upon to cover pop hits for the R&B market during this period, and succeeded with such reverse crossover hits as "Harbor Lights," "My Heart Cries for You," "Wheel of Fortune, and" "Tell Me Why," which, just earlier, had been pop chart entries for Sammy Kaye, Guy Mitchell, Kay Starr, and the Four Aces, respectively. And she occasionally undertook pop standards, such as "Embraceable You" and "How Deep Is the Ocean," or dipped into the Bing Crosby ("Just One More Chance") or Frank Sinatra ("I'm a Fool to Want You") catalogs, always with satisfying results.

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Disc 1

  1. Evil Gal Blues
  2. Homeward Bound
  3. Salty Papa Blues
  4. I Know How To Do It
  5. Blow-Top Blues
  6. I Can't Get Started With You
  7. Joy Juice
  8. Embraceable You
  9. When a Woman Loves a Man
  10. On Wee Walkie Talkie
  11. A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side)
  12. Postman Blues
  13. That's Why a Woman Loves a Heel
  14. I Want To Be Loved
  15. Stairway To the Stars
  16. Mean and Evil Blues
  17. Fool That I Am
  18. Since I Fell For You
  19. You Can Depend On Me
  20. There's Got To Be a Change
  21. Early In the Morning
  22. I Love You, Yes I Do
  23. Don't Come Knockin' At My Door
  24. Ain't Misbehavin'
  25. No More Lonely Gal Blues
  26. West Side Baby
  27. Walkin' and Talkin'

Disc 2

  1. I Want To Cry
  2. Resolution Blues
  3. Tell Me
  4. In the Rain
  5. Am I Asking Too Much
  6. I Sold My Heart To the Junkman
  7. It's Too Soon To Know
  8. I'll Wait
  9. Why Can't You Behave?
  10. It's Funny
  11. You Satisfy
  12. Laughing Boy
  13. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry
  14. Pete
  15. Baby Get Lost
  16. Long John Blues
  17. Am I Really Sorry
  18. I Challenge Your Kiss
  19. Good Daddy Blues
  20. Richest Guy In the Graveyard
  21. I Only Know
  22. New York, Chicago and Los Angeles
  23. It Isn't Fair
  24. Journey's End
  25. I Wanna Be Loved
  26. Love With Misery

Disc 3

  1. I'll Never Be Free
  2. Big Deal
  3. How Deep is the Ocean
  4. Why Don't You Think Things Over
  5. Harbor Lights
  6. I Can Cross My Fingers
  7. Time Out For Tears
  8. Only a Moment Ago
  9. My Kind of Man
  10. If I Loved You
  11. Fast Movin' Mama
  12. Juice Head Man of Mine
  13. My Heart Cries For You
  14. I Apologize
  15. I Won't Cry Anymore
  16. Don't Say You're Sorry Again
  17. Please Send Me Someone To Love
  18. Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own
  19. Fine Fine Daddy
  20. I'm So Lonely I Would Cry
  21. If You Don't Believe I'm Leaving (Count the Days I'm Gone)
  22. I'm a Fool To Want You
  23. Cold, Cold Heart
  24. Mixed Emotions
  25. Be Fair To Me
  26. Saturday Night

Disc 4

  1. Out In the Cold Again  -  Ravens
  2. Hey, Good Looking  -  Ravens
  3. Just One More Chance
  4. Baby Did You Hear
  5. Wheel of Fortune
  6. Tell Me Why
  7. Trouble In Mind
  8. New Blowtop Blues
  9. Mad About the Boy
  10. I Can't Face the Music (Without Singing the Blues)
  11. Pillow Blues
  12. Double Dealing Daddy
  13. My Song
  14. Half As Much
  15. Stormy Weather
  16. Make Believe Dreams
  17. I Cried For You
  18. Gambler's Blues
  19. You Let My Love Grow Cold
  20. Ain't Nothing Good
  21. Lean Baby
  22. Never, Never
  23. TV is the Thing (This Year)
  24. Fat Daddy
  25. Silent Night
  26. The Lord's Prayer
  27. My Man's an Undertaker
  28. Since My Man Has Gone and Went

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dinah Washington   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ike Carpenter   Conductor
Jimmy Carroll   Conductor

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Tab Smith   Composer
Dinah Washington   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Abe Lyman   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Katie Lee   Composer
Sammy Price   Composer
Jimmy Cobb   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Dallas Bartley   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Harvey Brooks   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Friedlander   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
James Kennedy   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Kevin Reeves   Remastering
Leon René   Composer
Robinson   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Teddy Stewart   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Dick Vance   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Bill Sanford   Composer
Charles Carpenter   Composer
Danny Baxter   Composer
Floyd Hunt   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
William May   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Richard Himber   Composer
Jack Wolf   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Bob Mitchell   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Don George   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Stuart F. Louchheim   Composer
Joe Luke   Composer
Albert Hay Malotte   Composer
Abe Schiff   Composer
Anna Spencer   Composer
Sylvester Sprigato   Composer
Mitchell Tableporter   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Mamie Thomas   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Irving Berman   Composer
Deborah Chessler   Composer
Robert Dade   Composer
Holmes Daylie   Composer
Louis Dunlap   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Jules Fox   Composer
Frank Warshauer   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Sally Nix   Composer
Joel Herron   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Producer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Vault Research
Glenn Barry   Layout
Billy Rose   Composer
Leo Hickman   Composer
Walter Merrick   Composer
Fay Whitman   Composer
Wes McWain   Composer
Walton Farrar   Composer
Goodheart   Composer
Lillian Friedlander   Composer
Lanny Grey   Composer
Berman   Composer
Jerry Gladstone   Composer
Jeanne Burns   Composer
Samuel Friedmann   Composer
George Weiss   Composer
Wilhelm Grosz   Composer
Marc Myers   Liner Notes
Thomas Waller   Composer
Woodrow "Buddy" Johnson   Composer
Ed Nelson   Composer
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Tom Ford   Composer
Curly Williams   Composer
Theodore McRae   Composer
Lillie Randall   Composer
Harry Pirone   Composer
Leonard Swain   Composer
Lee Gary   Composer

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