Album Details

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&at=11l9vR
  2. Homeward Boundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Salty Papa Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. I Know How to Do Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Blow-Top Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. I Can't Get Started with Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Joy Juicehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Embraceable Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. When a Woman Loves a Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. On Wee Walkie Talkiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Postman Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. That's Why a Woman Loves a Heelhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. I Want to Be Lovedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Stairway to the Starshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Mean and Evil Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Fool That I Amhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Since I Fell for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. You Can Depend on Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. There's Got to Be a Changehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Early in the Morninghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. I Love You, Yes I Dohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Don't Come Knockin' at My Doorhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Ain't Misbehavin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. No More Lonely Gal Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. West Side Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Walkin' and Talkin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. I Want to Cryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Resolution Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Tell Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. In the Rainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Am I Asking Too Muchhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. I Sold My Heart to the Junkmanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. It's Too Soon to Knowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. I'll Waithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Why Can't You Behave?http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. It's Funnyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. You Satisfyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Laughing Boyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Petehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Baby Get Losthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Long John Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Am I Really Sorryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. I Challenge Your Kisshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. Good Daddy Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Richest Guy in the Graveyardhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. I Only Knowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. New York, Chicago and Los Angeleshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. It Isn't Fairhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. Journey's Endhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. I Wanna Be Lovedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. Love with Miseryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. I'll Never Be Freehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  55. Big Dealhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  56. How Deep Is the Oceanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  57. Why Don't You Think Things Overhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  58. Harbor Lightshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  59. I Can Cross My Fingershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  60. Time Out for Tearshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  61. Only a Moment Agohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  62. My Kind of Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  63. If I Loved Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  64. Fast Movin' Mamahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  65. Juice Head Man of Minehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  66. My Heart Cries for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  67. I Apologizehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  68. I Won't Cry Anymorehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  69. Don't Say You're Sorry Againhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  70. Please Send Me Someone to Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  71. Ain't Nobody's Business But My Ownhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  72. Fine Fine Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  73. I'm so Lonely I Would Cryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  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&at=11l9vR
  75. I'm a Fool to Want Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  76. Cold, Cold Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  77. Mixed Emotionshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  78. Be Fair to Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  79. Saturday Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  80. Out in the Cold Againhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  81. Hey, Good Lookinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  82. Just One More Chancehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  83. Baby Did You Hearhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  84. Wheel of Fortunehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  85. Tell Me Whyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  86. Trouble in Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  87. New Blowtop Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  88. Mad About the Boyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  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&at=11l9vR
  90. Pillow Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  91. Double Dealing Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  92. My Songhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  93. Half as Muchhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  94. Stormy Weatherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  95. Make Believe Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  96. I Cried for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  97. Gambler's Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  98. You Let My Love Grow Coldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  99. Ain't Nothing Goodhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  100. Lean Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  101. Never, Neverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  102. TV Is the Thing (This Year)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  103. Fat Daddyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  104. Silent Nighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  105. The Lord's Prayerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  106. My Man's an Undertakerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  107. Since My Man Has Gone and Wenthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-fabulous-miss-d-the-keynote/id404100028?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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