On This Day In Alabama History: Singer Dinah Washington Was Born In Tuscaloosa

| August 29, 2017 @ 5:00 am

By Graydon Rust
Alabama 200

August 29, 1924: Singer and pianist Dinah Washington was born in Tuscaloosa. Known as the “Queen of the Blues,” Washington performed in a variety of musical styles and became one of the most popular black recording artists of the 1950s. Between 1949 and 1955, she released 27 Billboard R& top 10 hits and, in 1959, won a Grammy Award for “What a Difference a Day Makes.” That song and two other recordings – “Teach Me Tonight” and “Unforgettable”– were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as recordings of qualitative or historical significance. Washington was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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