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Like many other music greats, Dinah Washington succumbed to substance abuse.
Like many other music greats, Dinah Washington succumbed to substance abuse.
Original Cover: Parlophone Records

Record single by Dinah Washington: "Drinking Again" (1962)


Here’s why this song should be in your collection!

“Drinking Again” is one of the many classic songs composed by Savannah, Georgia native John Herndon (Johnny) Mercer.

Mercer was one of the USA’s greatest songwriters and a co-founder of Capitol Records, sealing a deal made over lunch at a Hollywood restaurant in 1942 with Glenn Wallichs and Buddy DeSylva. He was already a music industry giant when he composed “Drinking Again” with Doris Tauber in 1962.

The legendary singer Dinah Washington released an album with “Drinking Again” as the title track later that year; it is now considered one of her signature songs. Drinking Again also contains gems from other legendary composers, such as Irving Berlin’s “Say It Isn’t So,” and Ira Gershwin’s “The Man That Got Away.” Washington died in 1963 from the effects of lifelong addiction to alcohol and prescription medications. Richard “Night Train” Lane, her seventh husband, found her body at their home.

In 1964, Aretha Franklin released the album Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington, and included “Drinking Again” as one of the tracks. Other notable artists who have covered the song include Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Bette Midler.

This song is available on various albums in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

April is Alcohol Awareness Month in the USA. Please be as proactive as possible with loved ones to avert the influences that facilitate substance abuse.