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

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527469935
  • Catalog Number: 001466802
  • Sales rank: 186,643

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil Gal Blues (2:54)
  2. 2 Homeward Bound (2:49)
  3. 3 Salty Papa Blues (3:05)
  4. 4 I Know How To Do It (3:12)
  5. 5 Blow-Top Blues (3:20)
  6. 6 I Can't Get Started With You (2:46)
  7. 7 Joy Juice (2:48)
  8. 8 Embraceable You (2:55)
  9. 9 When a Woman Loves a Man (2:56)
  10. 10 On Wee Walkie Talkie (2:42)
  11. 11 A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side) (2:42)
  12. 12 Postman Blues (2:54)
  13. 13 That's Why a Woman Loves a Heel (2:53)
  14. 14 I Want To Be Loved (2:53)
  15. 15 Stairway To the Stars (3:01)
  16. 16 Mean and Evil Blues (2:50)
  17. 17 Fool That I Am (2:33)
  18. 18 Since I Fell For You (2:41)
  19. 19 You Can Depend On Me (2:43)
  20. 20 There's Got To Be a Change (2:36)
  21. 21 Early In the Morning (2:36)
  22. 22 I Love You, Yes I Do (2:38)
  23. 23 Don't Come Knockin' At My Door (2:54)
  24. 24 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:50)
  25. 25 No More Lonely Gal Blues (2:49)
  26. 26 West Side Baby (2:59)
  27. 27 Walkin' and Talkin' (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Want To Cry (3:13)
  2. 2 Resolution Blues (3:17)
  3. 3 Tell Me (2:39)
  4. 4 In the Rain (2:53)
  5. 5 Am I Asking Too Much (2:49)
  6. 6 I Sold My Heart To the Junkman (3:08)
  7. 7 It's Too Soon To Know (2:42)
  8. 8 I'll Wait (3:03)
  9. 9 Why Can't You Behave? (2:48)
  10. 10 It's Funny (2:37)
  11. 11 You Satisfy (2:49)
  12. 12 Laughing Boy (2:32)
  13. 13 What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry (2:38)
  14. 14 Pete (2:22)
  15. 15 Baby Get Lost (2:51)
  16. 16 Long John Blues (3:10)
  17. 17 Am I Really Sorry (2:54)
  18. 18 I Challenge Your Kiss (3:12)
  19. 19 Good Daddy Blues (2:25)
  20. 20 Richest Guy In the Graveyard (2:53)
  21. 21 I Only Know (2:26)
  22. 22 New York, Chicago and Los Angeles (1:57)
  23. 23 It Isn't Fair (3:02)
  24. 24 Journey's End (3:10)
  25. 25 I Wanna Be Loved (2:50)
  26. 26 Love With Misery (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I'll Never Be Free (2:44)
  2. 2 Big Deal (2:43)
  3. 3 How Deep is the Ocean (3:03)
  4. 4 Why Don't You Think Things Over (2:31)
  5. 5 Harbor Lights (3:03)
  6. 6 I Can Cross My Fingers (2:59)
  7. 7 Time Out For Tears (3:20)
  8. 8 Only a Moment Ago (2:58)
  9. 9 My Kind of Man (3:24)
  10. 10 If I Loved You (2:27)
  11. 11 Fast Movin' Mama (2:14)
  12. 12 Juice Head Man of Mine (2:43)
  13. 13 My Heart Cries For You (2:44)
  14. 14 I Apologize (3:20)
  15. 15 I Won't Cry Anymore (3:27)
  16. 16 Don't Say You're Sorry Again (3:16)
  17. 17 Please Send Me Someone To Love (3:02)
  18. 18 Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own (3:07)
  19. 19 Fine Fine Daddy (2:32)
  20. 20 I'm So Lonely I Would Cry (3:11)
  21. 21 If You Don't Believe I'm Leaving (Count the Days I'm Gone) (2:41)
  22. 22 I'm a Fool To Want You (2:40)
  23. 23 Cold, Cold Heart (3:21)
  24. 24 Mixed Emotions (2:59)
  25. 25 Be Fair To Me (2:57)
  26. 26 Saturday Night (2:27)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Out In the Cold Again - The Ravens (3:13)
  2. 2 Hey, Good Looking - The Ravens (2:45)
  3. 3 Just One More Chance (2:54)
  4. 4 Baby Did You Hear (3:07)
  5. 5 Wheel of Fortune (2:17)
  6. 6 Tell Me Why (3:00)
  7. 7 Trouble In Mind (2:52)
  8. 8 New Blowtop Blues (2:39)
  9. 9 Mad About the Boy (3:01)
  10. 10 I Can't Face the Music (Without Singing the Blues) (2:50)
  11. 11 Pillow Blues (2:58)
  12. 12 Double Dealing Daddy (2:48)
  13. 13 My Song (2:57)
  14. 14 Half As Much (2:33)
  15. 15 Stormy Weather (3:05)
  16. 16 Make Believe Dreams (3:00)
  17. 17 I Cried For You (2:29)
  18. 18 Gambler's Blues (3:17)
  19. 19 You Let My Love Grow Cold (2:58)
  20. 20 Ain't Nothing Good (2:55)
  21. 21 Lean Baby (2:18)
  22. 22 Never, Never (2:17)
  23. 23 TV is the Thing (This Year) (2:28)
  24. 24 Fat Daddy (2:29)
  25. 25 Silent Night (2:23)
  26. 26 The Lord's Prayer (2:45)
  27. 27 My Man's an Undertaker (2:32)
  28. 28 Since My Man Has Gone and Went (2:03)
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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 II 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
Al 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
Al 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
Al 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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