Dinah Washington and Rafael Campos – One of the Queen’s Men
Queen of the Blues, Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963
In an article entitled Me and My Six Husbands (Sepia magazine, 1962) Dinah told her readers “I have been hurt, humiliated, kicked around, robbed, maligned by lies. Name it, it has happened to me, but I refuse to give up …. I’ll go on giving, loving and searching for the happiness I want. And if everything else fails, as that famous song said, ‘I’ll give my heart to the junkman.’ “
“I just can’t find anyone who is really in my corner. Companionship is the greatest thing in the world. That’s what I’m looking for. I don’t expect a fellow to make as much as I do. The money’s there; that shouldn’t be any worry, but it’s awfully hard to find someone who doesn’t make a problem of finances.”
Shameful with all that talent that Dinah Washington was clueless about vetting. I sense she had some unresolved mental issues. But she could sing and boy what a difference a day made. Dinah Washington’s voice brought her fame and fortune.
* Rafael Campos is widely known for his first movie role in The Blackboard Jungle with Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier and (Jameel Farah/Jamie Farr) 1955.