Dinah Washington "rough around the edges" ??? The most popular and beloved black artist of 50s. Incredible talent, that died too soon. She was known for exactly the opposite to "rough" - an excellent voice control. She was highly regarded by other singers, that often learned from her. She influenced such singers like Nancy Wilson, Esther Philips, Diane Shuur, and many others. Amy Winehouse said "I learned to sing from Dinah Washington".
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