African Americans on Postage Stamps

Dinah Washington

Rhythm and Blues Singer

29-cent Dinah Washington stamp
The Dinah Washington stamp was issued June 16, 1993.

Born Ruth Jones in 1924, Dinah Washington became one of America’s most popular and versatile singers. She began her career as a gospel singer, established herself as the “queen of the blues,” and also made recordings of jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and even country songs. Her signature song was “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Unfortunately, her life was tragically cut short when she died after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

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