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Adelaide Hall

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Adelaide Hall (20 October 1901–7 November 1993) was an American-born British jazz singer and entertainer.

In 1921, an unheralded teenager named Adelaide Hall appeared as just another hoofer in the chorus line for the musical Shuffle Along. A scant seven years later, her role in the Broadway revue Blackbirds of 1928 (the most famous of the series of Blackbirds revues mounted during the 1920s and 30s) brought her international fame. Hall’s stage performance in that production—in which the newcomer performed alongside a legend, tap dancer Bill “Bojangles”Robinson—attracted international media attention. It also launched the song “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”—just one of the many beloved tunes that members of the public would come to associate with Adelaide Hall.

The singer also earned renown for her innovative phrasings. Her wordless singing on Duke Ellington’s recording of “Creole Love Call” prefigured the scat singing later made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. (In scat singing—sometimes called mouth music—the voice is used to mimic various jazz instruments, notably the trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.) Hall went on to perform regularly with jazz greats such as Art Tatum and Fats Waller.

Hall performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe before settling in Britain. She established her own nightclubs in London and Paris, and continued to perform in European nightspots for more than 50 years.

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  • aint2proud2beg

    if anyone is willing to share A Centenary Celebration via mp3, i would appreciate that very much

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • 1969SL

    Missing link between classic blues queens of 1920s and sophisticated cabaret singers of 1930s,Hall successfully moved to UK and became a household name there. Her recordings fall somewhere in the middle - neither jazz nor blues,more what we call today "nostalgia" but she sounds wonderful. Recorded with both Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • EagerMinnow84

    How come I never heard of this woman before?? Wonderful voice!

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • CWalsh

    lovely!

    5 Oct 2008 Reply

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