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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Justine "Baby" Washington...Part 1

Justine "Baby" Washington

Justine "Baby" Washington (born November 13, 1940, Bamberg, South Carolina) is an American soul music vocalist.

Washington was raised in Harlem, New York. In 1956, she joined the vocal group The Hearts, then became s a solo artist the following year. Washington had 16 rhythm and blues chart entries in 15 years, most of them during the 1960s. Most of her early work was released as singles.

Washington initially recorded on Donald Shaw's Neptune Records label. She established herself as a soul singer with two hits in 1959: "The Time" (U.S. R&B Top 30) and "The Bells" (U.S. R&B Top 20). She followed up with the hit "Nobody Cares" (U.S. R&B Top 20) in 1961.

She next signed with ABC Paramount, but her two releases for the label were not hits, although the self-written "Let Love Go By" later became a notable Northern Soul single.

Washington then moved to Juggy Murray's Sue Records in 1962, scoring her only entry on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 with 1963's "That's How Heartaches Are Made" (1963). Two years later, she hit again on the U.S. R&B Top 10 with "Only Those In Love". Among her other Sue recordings were "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face", written by Jerry Ragovoy, and "Careless Hands", penned by Billy Myles.

Washington revived her career in the early 1970s covering The Marvelettes' "Forever", (number 30 R&B) as a duet with Don Gardner. Her solo release, "I've Got To Break Away", made number 73 on the R&B charts, after which the advent of disco led to a decline in her popularity.

Washington has never experienced great crossover recognition, although Dusty Springfield cited Washington as her all-time favorite singer.

Washington is still active as a live performer, appearing several times a year on the East Coast. She performed with the Enchanters at a Philadelphia-area show in March 2008, and in Baltimore in June 2008. Washington was among the 2008 honorees in Community Works' Ladies Singing the Blues music series.

Baby Washington recorded several songs early in her career under the name "Jeanette Washington", which has led her to be confused with a younger funk vocalist who recorded under the same name. Early in her career, Washington also recorded a song as a member of The Jaynetts.

I've been posting a lot of lists of favourite singers who seem to be under the radar for most folks. Baby Washington certainly falls into that category.  I've tried to gather as much as possible of her work. Since she did record with different groups, and under different names, my list could be more complete than it is. There are a few (well, more than a few) tracks that I don't have..........if any of you can help, or point me in the right direction, I would love ya forever :) 

Here are a few of the missing tracks that I am trying to find:

 The Hearts (feat. Justine Washington) 1956-Goin' Home To Stay / Disappointed Bride-BATON 222
The Hearts  (possibly feat. Justine Washington) 1956-I Had A Guy / He Drives Me Crazy-BATON 228
The Jay Nettes (Feat. Jeanette Washington)-1956 -Where Are You Tonight / I Wanted To Be Free -J & S 1765
Baby Washington-Hard way to go 1958, Knock yourself out 1958, Smitty's rock (with The Shytone Five Orch.) 1958, You Never Could Be Mine 1958, Why Did My Baby Put Me Down 1959, Let's Love In The Moonlight 1959, Work Out 1959, Deep Down Love 1960,  Your Mama Knows What's Right 1960, You Never Could Be Mine 1958, Medicine Man 1960 (As Jeanette B. Washington),  Tears Fall 1960 (As Jeanette B. Washington) , Too Late 1960  (As Jeanette B. Washington), Move On 1960 (As Jeanette B. Washington), My Time To Cry 1961 (As Jeanette Baby Washington), There You Go Again 1961 (As Jeanette Baby Washington),  Don't Cry, Foolish Heart 1961 (As Jeanette Baby Washington), Tell Me A Lie 1963, Or Leave Me Alone 1963,  It's Been A Long Time 1963, Hold Back The Dawn 1969, I can't afford to lose him 1969, I Love You Brother 1970,  Let Them Talk 1970, Don't Let Me Lose This Dream 1970,  I'm Good Enough For You 1970, Is It Worth It 1970, Happy Birthday 1970, I Just Wanna Be Near To You  1972, Tell Me A Lie 1972, and some other recordings after 1973.

And so, now that I've gotten that out of the way.........the is what I do have (Part 1):

A handful of memories 1962 -As Baby Washington 
Ah-Ha 1958 - As Baby Washington with Orch.
All around the world-1968-From "BABY WASHINGTON: WITH YOU IN MIND"  (LP)
Baby let me get close to you-1973 From "BABY WASHINGTON & DON GARDNER: LAY A LITTLE LOVIN' ON ME  (LP)
Been a long time baby-1958 - As Baby Washington with Orch.
Breakfast in bed-1969-As Baby Washington
Can't get over losing you-1973 From "BABY WASHINGTON & DON GARDNER: LAY A LITTLE LOVIN' ON ME  (LP)
Careless hands 1962 -As Baby Washington
Congratulations honey-1957 -As Baby Washington
Dancing in a dream world-1958-THE HEARTS (feat. Justine Washington)
Doodlin'-1963 -As Baby Washington
Either you're with me (or either you're not)-1967 -As Baby Washington
Every day-1958-As Baby Washington with The ShyTone Five Orch.
Get a  hold of yourself-1968-From "BABY WASHINGTON: WITH YOU IN MIND"  (LP)
Go on-1962 -As Baby Washington
Hey lonely-1963 -As Baby Washington
Hurt so bad-1968-From "BABY WASHINGTON: WITH YOU IN MIND"  (LP)
Hush heart-1962 -As Baby Washington
I can't wait until i see my baby's face-1963 As Justine Washington
I don't know-1967-As Baby Washington
I got it bad and that ain't good-1968-From "BABY WASHINGTON: WITH YOU IN MIND"  (LP)
I hate to see you go-1958-As Baby Washington
I just want to be near you-1973 From "BABY WASHINGTON & DON GARDNER: LAY A LITTLE LOVIN' ON ME  (LP)
I know-1969-As Baby Washington
I'm calling you baby-1968-From "BABY WASHINGTON: WITH YOU IN MIND"  (LP)
I'm on the outside (looking in)-1968-From "BABY WASHINGTON: WITH YOU IN MIND"  (LP)
I've got a feeling-1962-As Baby Washington
I've got to break away-1973 From "BABY WASHINGTON & DON GARDNER: LAY A LITTLE LOVIN' ON ME  (LP)
It'll never be over for me-1964-As Baby Washington
The ballad of Bobby Dawn-1965-As Baby Washington
The bells on our wedding day-1959-As Baby Washington
The clock-1964-As Baby Washington


  1. Very nice....thanks!

  2. thank you!! couldn't find her nowhere!

  3. Hi..
    Looks great. Is there a mirror link besides the 4shared????