RELEASE
November 30, 2010
LABEL
Verve
GENRES
Vocal Music, Early R&B, Vocal Jazz, Jump Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards

Album Review

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.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Evil Gal Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  2. Homeward Boundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  3. Salty Papa Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  4. I Know How to Do Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  5. Blow-Top Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  6. I Can't Get Started with Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  7. Joy Juicehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  8. Embraceable Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  9. When a Woman Loves a Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  10. On Wee Walkie Talkiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  11. A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  12. Postman Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  13. That's Why a Woman Loves a Heelhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  14. I Want to Be Lovedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  15. Stairway to the Starshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  16. Mean and Evil Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  17. Fool That I Amhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  18. Since I Fell for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  19. You Can Depend on Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  20. There's Got to Be a Changehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  21. Early in the Morninghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  22. I Love You, Yes I Dohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  23. Don't Come Knockin' at My Doorhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  24. Ain't Misbehavin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  25. No More Lonely Gal Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  26. West Side Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  27. Walkin' and Talkin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  28. I Want to Cryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  29. Resolution Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  30. Tell Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  31. In the Rainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  32. Am I Asking Too Muchhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  33. I Sold My Heart to the Junkmanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  34. It's Too Soon to Knowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  35. I'll Waithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  36. Why Can't You Behave?http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  37. It's Funnyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  38. You Satisfyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  39. Laughing Boyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  40. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  41. Petehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  42. Baby Get Losthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  43. Long John Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  44. Am I Really Sorryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  45. I Challenge Your Kisshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  46. Good Daddy Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  47. Richest Guy in the Graveyardhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  48. I Only Knowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  49. New York, Chicago and Los Angeleshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  50. It Isn't Fairhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  51. Journey's Endhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  52. I Wanna Be Lovedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  53. Love with Miseryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  54. I'll Never Be Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  55. Big Dealhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  56. How Deep Is the Oceanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  57. Why Don't You Think Things Overhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  58. Harbor Lightshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  59. I Can Cross My Fingershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  60. Time Out for Tearshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  61. Only a Moment Agohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  62. My Kind of Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  63. If I Loved Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  64. Fast Movin' Mamahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  65. Juice Head Man of Minehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  66. My Heart Cries for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  67. I Apologizehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  68. I Won't Cry Anymorehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  69. Don't Say You're Sorry Againhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  70. Please Send Me Someone to Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  71. Ain't Nobody's Business But My Ownhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  72. Fine Fine Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  73. I'm so Lonely I Would Cryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  74. If You Don't Believe I'm Leaving (Count the Days I'm Gone)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  75. I'm a Fool to Want Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  76. Cold, Cold Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  77. Mixed Emotionshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  78. Be Fair to Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  79. Saturday Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  80. Out in the Cold Againhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  81. Hey, Good Lookinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  82. Just One More Chancehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  83. Baby Did You Hearhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  84. Wheel of Fortunehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  85. Tell Me Whyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  86. Trouble in Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  87. New Blowtop Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  88. Mad About the Boyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  89. I Can't Face the Music (Without Singing the Blues)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  90. Pillow Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  91. Double Dealing Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  92. My Songhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  93. Half as Muchhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  94. Stormy Weatherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  95. Make Believe Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  96. I Cried for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  97. Gambler's Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  98. You Let My Love Grow Coldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  99. Ain't Nothing Goodhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  100. Lean Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  101. Never, Neverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  102. TV Is the Thing (This Year)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  103. Fat Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  104. Silent Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  105. The Lord's Prayerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  106. My Man's an Undertakerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
  107. Since My Man Has Gone and Wenthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5
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