The Queen of The Blues, a title that she bestowed upon herself
as she clambered to the top, was something else. She was a
great singer, one who stylistically fitted in somewhere between
Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith but with a touch of something that
made her a more commercial proposition than either. Washington
could sell an R&B stomp just as well as she could interpret a
torch song, and she could hold her own. She could sing anything
with conviction, allied to a style that was completely her own.
Who knows where her career would have taken her had she not
died so young? Her influence endures and Dinah's recordings will
also live on, as this collection proves.