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Say Brother; Dinah Washington; Dick Lane remembers Dinah Washington

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02/01/1976

In this clip former pro-football player Dick "Night Train" Lane reminisces about his marriage to the blues, jazz and gospel singer, Dinah Washington. Overall this program focuses on the music of Dinah Washington and the tradition of African American female musicians that she participated in. Host Hayes Burnett, a bass player, provides brief biographical information about Washington and interviews both Washington's husband Dick Lane and vocalist Mae Arnette (who was early in her career when Washington was at the height of hers). Both guests discuss what Washington was like, the origins of her music, the difficulties inherent to being a female, African American, musician, and what her life was like just before she died. Additional segments include a vocal performance by Arnette, a bass performance by Burnett (with accompaniment), "Information" (on the origins of African American music), and "Commentary" by Hayes Burnett (on the great African American female musicians). Produced by Marita Muhammad Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Dinah Washington
Program Number

603

Title

Dick Lane remembers Dinah Washington

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on the music of Dinah Washington and the tradition of Afro American female musicians that she participated in. Host Hayes Burnett, a bass player, provides brief biographical information about Washington and interviews both Washington's husband Dick Lane and vocalist Mae Arnette, early in her career when Washington was at the height of hers. Both guests discuss what Washington was like, the origins of her music, the difficulties inherent to being a black female musician, and what her life was like before she died. Additional segments include: a vocal performance by Arnette; a bass performance by Burnett (with accompaniment); "Information" (on the origins of Black American music); and "Commentary" by Hayes Burnett (on the great black female musicians).

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Burnett, Hayes
African American musicians
Lane, Dick
African American women musicians
African American singers
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963
Arnette, Mae
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Contributors
Davis, Tony (Production Assistant)
Burnett, Hayes (Host)
Tsiang, Kaisan (Assistant Cameraman)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Dinah Washington; Dick Lane remembers Dinah Washington,” 02/01/1976, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F610F593DDF45379740B67BF87FFB54.
MLA: “Say Brother; Dinah Washington; Dick Lane remembers Dinah Washington.” 02/01/1976. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F610F593DDF45379740B67BF87FFB54>.
APA: Say Brother; Dinah Washington; Dick Lane remembers Dinah Washington. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1F610F593DDF45379740B67BF87FFB54
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