Hall, Adelaide

Adelaide Hall
Born Brooklyn, USA 1901
Came to England in 1931
She sang jazz & sentimental songs
She made the following appearances at the Lewisham Hippodrome:
1940 - 6 days from 26 August
1946 - 6 days from 22 July
She lived for a time in Paris where she ran her own nightclub
She returned to England where she remained until her death in 1993

Courtesy of Ken George

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Adelaide Hall

Background information
Birth name Adelaide Hall
Born 20 October 1901(1901-10-20)
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Died 7 November 1993 (aged 92)
Genre(s) Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Adelaide Hall (20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993) was an American-born British jazz singer and entertainer.

Hall was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was taught to sing by her father. She began her career on Broadway in 1921 in the chorus line of the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, and went on to appear in a number of similar black musical shows, until in 1928 she starred (with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Nina Mae McKinney) in Blackbirds of 1928. It was this revue that made her name, both in the U.S. and in Europe when the show was taken to Paris. Her performances in it included the songs "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby", "Diga Diga Doo", and "I Must Have That Man", which continued to be audience favourites throughout her career.

British career
She married a British sailor, Bert Hicks, and he started a nightclub in Paris, France (La Grosse Pomme) for her. After many years performing in the U.S. and Europe, Hall went to the United Kingdom in 1938 in order to take a starring role in a musical version of Edgar Wallace's The Sun Never Sets at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She was so successful, and became so popular with British audiences, that she stayed, becoming one of the most popular singers and entertainers of the time. She lived in London from 1938 until her death.

Her career was an almost uninterrupted success. She made over seventy records for Decca, had her own radio series (the first black artist to have a long-term contract with the BBC), and appeared on the stage, in films, and in nightclubs (of which she owned her own, in London and Paris). In the 1940s, and especially during World War II, she was hugely popular with both civilian and ENSA audiences, and became one of the highest paid entertainers in the country (despite the destruction in an air raid of the London nightclub owned by her and her husband, the Florida Club).

Hall in Paris During an extremely long career (since 1991 she has held the world record as the most enduring recording artist), Hall has performed with major artists such as Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, and Jools Holland, and has recorded as a jazz singer with Duke Ellington (with whom she made her most famous recording, "Creole Love Call" in 1927), Fats Waller, and Art Tatum. She appeared in the London run of Kiss Me, Kate, starred with Lena Horne in Jamaica on Broadway in 1957, and made two jazz recording with Humphrey Lyttelton in 1969–1970. This was followed by theatre tours and concert appearances; she sang at Duke Ellington's memorial service at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 1974, and presented a one-woman show at Carnegie Hall in 1988. Her final U.S. concert appearances took place in 1992 at Carnegie Hall, in the "Cabaret Comes to Carnegie" series. She died in 1993 at the age of ninety-two at London's Charing Cross Hospital. She is loved by many.

Sources and external links
Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather, & Brian Priestley. Jazz: The Rough Guide. ISBN 1-85828-528-3
Adelaide Hall — 100 Great Black Britons [ http://www.100greatblackbritons.com/bios/adelaide_hall.htm ]
Adelaide Hall marked at the Cuming Museum exhibition on black Londoners wartime contributions, April 2008

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