Dinah Washington, In Love, Roulette R-25180, 1962
There are a lot of great artists out there, and most people know all about them. But now and then, you come across a great artist that virtually no one knows about. Say hello to the wonderful and tragic Dinah Washington. You may not know the name, but you know the voice from such jazz classic as Unforgettable, and What A Difference A Day Makes.
Of course, a talent this rare comes with a few complications, and she was no exception. This album, her fourth(out of five) for Roulette Records in 1962, came out about a year before her 7th husband found her dead at age 39 of a drug overdose. But to say that you felt her pain in every syllable she sang would be an understatement.
I never really talk about the upside to a record collection. But aside from the front cover slick delaminating form the cardboard and a new inner sleeve, I can’t believe that this record will be worth a lot more money in a few years than it is now. And at $1 and plenty of storage space, not only will my heirs get to enjoy this record for years to come, but they’ll be very surprised at its value when the time comes…
Cost: $1, $618 Remaining