Queen of the Blues, Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963) and husband actor Rafael Campos* (May 13 1936 – July 9, 1985).  Dinah had no shame in her game and changed husbands like clothes. Eleven years her junior, Rafael Campos was Dinah’s 6th husband but not last.  They were married from 1961 to 1962.  It was another short marriage for Queen Dinah.  Dinah Washington is a tragic story who simply did not know how to vet men properly.  She went through seven husbands. Campos was husband number six.  Sadly, Dinah Washington died while married to Dick Lane due to an accidental overdose on prescription pills.

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.’ “

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“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.”

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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, Dinah Washington and Vincent Minnelli

Rafael Campos, Dinah Washington and Vincent Minnelli

Rafael Campos, Dinah Washington embraces her and her ex-hubby Eddie Chamblee.

Rafael Campos, Dinah Washington and her ex-hubby Eddie Chamblee.

 

* 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.

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