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  • Diane Witherspoon (2013)

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    Originally from Minneapolis, MN, vocalist Diane Witherspoon now makes her home in Las Vegas. In Minnesota, she attended St Olaf College, where she played one of the nuns in a performance of "The Sound of Music".

    One of eight siblings, Diane had grown up singing. She had two famous family influences: one was older sister Shirley, who sang for some time with Duke Ellington's Orchestra, and with whom Diane and her twin brother sang back-up; the other was her father's cousin Jimmy, the famous blues balladeer.

    Diane has several excellent recordings to her name. Of particular note is her "You May Never Know", with accompaniment from Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins on versions of tunes by Cedar with lyrics added by John and Paula Hackett.

    A warm, dynamic, and very grounded performer, Diane now travels the world, singing and teaching.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Shirley Witherspoon Where Do I Sign Please Send Me Someone to Love Shirell
    # 2 Sarah Vaughan Ken Burns Jazz Send in the Clowns Verve
    # 3 Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits Aint No Way Atlantic
    # 4 Joe Turner Stormy Monday Time after Time Pablo
    # 5 Dinah Washington Compact Jazz Teach Me Tonight Mercury
    # 6 Patti LaBelle The Best of Patti LaBelle You Are My Friend Epic
    # 7 Billie Holiday 20th Century Masters--The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues Hip-O
    # 8 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Love Is in Need of Love Today Motown
    Book "The Bible ... or ... murder-mysteries ... James Patterson ... David Baldacci."
    Luxury Item "A piano ... one of the ones that acoustic but have the capability to record."
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