The dedication ceremony of Dinah Washington Avenue will be Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Kaulton Park in Tuscaloosa. The dedication is being made possible by the City of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Dinah Washington Committee. Attending the ceremony will be Robert Ratliff and Lynette Rice with the Tuscaloosa Convention & Visitors Bureau and Grey Brennan and Marilyn Jones Stamps with the Alabama Tourism Department. Dinah Washington is a native of Tuscaloosa who was born Ruth Lee Jones. She won a Grammy in 1959 for her biggest hit, “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes.” Despite her early death, she became one of the most influential vocalists of the twentieth century. Her music covered a wide range of styles from blues and R & B, to jazz and popular ballads. Known in her day as “Queen of the Blues” and “Queen of the Juke Boxes,” Dinah was regarded as that rare “first take” artist, her studio recordings reflecting the same passion and energy she brought to every live performance. She was one of the few women of the period to run her own booking agency, Queen Productions. http://www.alabamablues.org/state.htm
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