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Dinah Washington (1924–1963)

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former Ruth Lee Jones moved with her family to Chicago as a young girl. She considered the Windy City her true home. And it was there in early 1940s that a local nightclub owner provided her first gig - and a new name that she would make famous. By 1959 she had earned a Grammy for her version of the song "What a ... See full bio »

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 2014/III The Gambler (performer: "This Bitter Earth")
 2014 The Theory of Everything (performer: "Time After Time")
 2014 My Mad Fat Diary (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Inappropriate Adult (2014) ... (performer: "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" - uncredited)
 2013/I Lee Daniels' The Butler (performer: "I'll Close My Eyes")
 2013 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Homegoings (2013) ... (performer: "My Man's An Undertaker")
 2012 On the Road (performer: "Mean And Evil Blues")
 2011 The Fairy (performer: "What a Difference a Day Made" written by nm6967179 & nm0011367)
 2010 Rock & Chips (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Five Gold Rings (2010) ... (performer: "September in the Rain" - uncredited)
 2010 Miral ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes")
 2010 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Top Eight Perform (2010) ... (performer: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" (Rae & Christian Remix))
- Meet the Top 11 (2010) ... (performer: "This Bitter Earth/On the Nature of Daylight")
 2010 Shutter Island (performer: "THIS BITTER EARTH" (1960))
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe (performer: "Backwater Blues", "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)")
 2007 Midnight Son (Short) (performer: "Teach Me Tonight")
 2006 Take the Lead (performer: "Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)")
 2005 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Coat of White Primer (2005) ... (performer: "Teach Me Tonight")
 2004-2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (performer: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")
- A Hard Straight (2005) ... (performer: "What a Difference a Day Makes")
- A Place of Our Own (2004) ... (performer: "What a Difference a Day Makes")
 2005 Ved kongens bord (TV Mini-Series) (performer: "The Light")
 2005 Niagara Motel (performer: "What a Difference a Day Makes")
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003) ... (performer: "I Don't Hurt Anymore")
 2003 It Runs in the Family (performer: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby")
 2002 Skeppsholmen (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (2002) ... (performer: "Sometimes I'm Happy")
 2002 Two Weeks Notice (performer: "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)")
 2002 Scrubs (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- My Case Study (2002) ... (performer: "What a Difference a Day Makes")
 2001 Russian Doll (performer: "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby")
 2000 Masterpiece (performer: "Teach Me Tonight")
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker (performer: "A Stranger On Earth")
 2000 Joe Gould's Secret (performer: "Am I Asking Too Much")
 1999 The Hurricane (performer: "It Could Happen to You")
 1999 Grass (Documentary) (performer: "I Get a Kick Out of You")
 1999 Plenilune (performer: "You Don't Know What Love Is")
 1998 Run Lola Run (performer: "What A Difference A Day Makes")
  From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1998) (writer - 2 episodes, 1998)
- The Original Wives Club (1998) ... (performer: "Destination Moon", "It's a Mean Old Man's World") / (writer: "It's a Mean Old Man's World")
- Le voyage dans la lune (1998) ... (performer: "Destination Moon", "It's a Mean Old Man's World") / (writer: "It's a Mean Old Man's World")
 1998 Claire Dolan (performer: "Don't Say Nothing at All") / (writer: "Don't Say Nothing at All")
 1998 Frogs for Snakes (performer: "Destination Moon")
 1997 My Son the Fanatic ("Teach Me Tonight", "A Rockin' Good Way")
 1997 That Old Feeling (performer: "Call Me Irresponsible")
 1997 Donnie Brasco (performer: "A Stranger on Earth" (1964))
 1996 Boyfriends (performer: "I Wish I Knew the Name (of the Boy in My Dreams)")
 1996 The Cable Guy (performer: "TV Is the Thing This Year")
 1996 Faithful (performer: "What A Difference A Day Makes")
 1995 Casino (performer: "Unforgettable", "What A Difference A Day Makes")
 1995 Home for the Holidays (performer: "Trouble in Mind")
 1993-1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- A Dime a Dance (1995) ... (performer: "They Didn't Believe Me")
- Murder, Obliquely (1993) ... (performer: "My Heart Cries for You")
 1995 The Bridges of Madison County (performer: "Blue Gardenia", "I'll Close My Eyes", "Soft Winds")
 1994 Blue Sky (performer: " (Baby) You've Got What It Takes")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (performer: "WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MADE")
 1994 Chungking Express (performer: "What a Difference a Day Makes")
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "I Don't Hurt Anymore")
 1993 Hookers Hustlers Pimps and Their Johns (Documentary) (performer: "What a Diff'rence a Day Made")
 1993 Born Yesterday (performer: "TEACH ME TONIGHT")
 1992 Traces of Red (performer: "THESE FOOLISH THINGS")
 1991 JFK (performer: "A Stranger on Earth")
 1991 29th Street (performer: "Unforgettable")
 1989 Kill Me Again (performer: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes")
 1979 Der ganz normale Wahnsinn (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Erstes Kapitel (1979) ... (performer: "What A Difference A Day Makes" - uncredited)
 1978 Killer of Sheep (performer: "This Bitter Earth", "Unforgettable")
 1976 Slumber Party '57 (performer: "What a Difference a Day Makes")
 1955 Rock 'n' Roll Revue (Short) (performer: "Only A Moment Ago")
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Rhythm in Harlem ... (performer: "I Don't Hurt Anymore")
- Revue in Rhythm ... (performer: "Only a Moment Ago")
- Downbeat Revue ... (performer: "My Lean Baby")
- Blues in Harlem ... (performer: "Such a Night")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Guest on the TV program "Tele-Teen Reporter" on KECA. See more »

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There is only one heaven, one earth and one queen (me) Queen Elizabeth is an impostor. DW, during a London performance


Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 (under the category Early Influence). See more »


Queen of the blues

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