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!