I have always loved the chance to learn more about some of the greatest singers of the 20th Century. They all have amazing life stories and sometimes tragic demises.
Dinah Washington is credited with being one of the most popular singers of the 1950s. She was incredibly diverse and sang comfortably in various genres – jazz, blues, pop, gospel – this lady could sing! I have chosen just one of the songs that she makes sensational. This is Dinah Washington with “Makin’ Whoopee”.
CREDITS: Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
Another bride, another June Another sunny honeymoon Another season, another reason For makin' whoopee A lot of shoes, a lot of rice The groom is nervous; he answers twice It's really killin' That he's so willin' to make whoopee Picture a little love nest Down where the roses cling Picture the same sweet love nest Think what a year can bring He's washin' dishes and baby clothes He's so ambitious he even sews But don't forget, folks That's what you get, folks, for makin' whoopee Another year or maybe less What's this I hear? Well, you can't confess She feels neglected, and he's suspected Of makin' whoopee She sits alone 'most every night He doesn't phone her; he doesn't write He says he's busy, but she says, "Is he?" He's makin' whoopee He doesn't make much money Only five thousand per Some judge who thinks he's funny Says, "You'll pay six to her" He says, "Now, Judge, suppose I fail?" The judge says, "Budge right into jail" You'd better keep her; I think it's cheaper Than makin' whoopee You'd better keep her I know it's cheaper Than makin' whoopee