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Friday, December 12, 2008

What Difference A Day Makes

I went to see Cadillac Records last weekend and I just loved the movie. I didn't know a lot about Muddy Waters, played by Jeffrey Wright, so it was nice to learn about him. Jeffrey Wright did an amazing job as usual, he's one of my favorite actors. Even Gabrielle Union did a pretty good job. Beyonce played Etta James , and she did a pretty outstanding job too.

Anyway, that movie was mostly about the Blues, so I thought I would highlight my favorite Blues singer, Dinah Washington. She died at the early age of 39 years old. I know just about everyone of her songs word for word. She started out in Gospel, and then moved into Blues and Jazz. She was a contemporary with Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Dinah sang a duet series with Brook Benton.

One of her most famous songs was What a Difference a Day Makes (and yes that is our 40th President introducing her back when he was an actor).

One of my favorite songs of her's is Fat Daddy . I discovered her music about 12 years ago, and I encourage you to check her out. It's really swinging!


Ms. Bar B: said...

She has/had a beautiful voice. I love coming here soaking up your musical knowledge.

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

I can't believe that she died so young! It seems like so many greats die early in life. She is certainly an icon.

Rush said...

loving these grooves i been digging for more artist across the african continent

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Great clip-Youtube is quote a resource, isn't it? Dinah was an enormous (but underrated) talent. Thanks for sharing.

Ron was looking pretty handsome there I might add.

Jewelry Rockstar said...

@T.A.M. yes youtube is great because otherwise we would have to wait for a PBS documentary to see live footage. I just love youtube.

Dori said...

I love her music too. There's nothing I like better than a Sunday afternoon of listening to her, Sarah Vaughn, and Billie Holiday. These ladies were so talented.

Mountain Woman said...

I'm so far removed from the daily world, I didn't know about this movie.
My favorite singer is Billie Holiday. I often have her beautiful voice playing in the background as I do my chores.
Thanks for sharing with us.

fly tie said...

another voice i adore.

i was gonna go see Cadillac records last week but put it off cause i was in a crappy mood. perhaps i'll make it this week.