Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 - December 14, 1963) was a famous American blues, jazz, and gospel singer.
Washington was born Ruth Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; her family moved to Chicago, Illinois before she started school.
Washington began performing in 1942 and soon joined Lionel Hampton's band. In 1943, she began recording for Keynote Records and released "Evil Gal Blues" her first hit. By 1955, she had released numerous hit songs on the R&B charts, including "Baby, Get Lost", "Trouble in Mind", "You Don't Know What Love Is" (arranged by Quincy Jones), and a cover of "Cold, Cold Heart" by Hank Williams.
With "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" 1959, Washington won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Performanc. This was followed by "September In The Rain", which made number 35 in the UK in November 1961, and a string of other hits.
Washington died of an overdose of diet pills and alcohol at age 39 in 1963. She is interred in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois