African American jazz singer Adelaide Hall was born on October 20, 1901 in Brooklyn, NY. She learned to play piano at the Pratt Institute in New York.
Hall and her sister, Evelyn, were encouraged to form a piano and vocal duo. The group’s time was cut short due to Evelyn’s death. In 1921, Hall earned a small part in a broadway musical called Shuffle Along.
She married Bertram Hicks in 1924, who soon became Hall’s business manager. In 1925, she made her way to German to perform in a musical called Chocolate Kiddies. She also met Duke Ellington. They performed Creole Love Call in 1927.
Hall replaced a member of the Blackbirds and instantly became well known. She would often use the scat technique.
Hall purchased a home in a white community in the 1930s. Some whites were not too happy about her being apart of the neighborhood. After a fire broke out at her home, she headed off to Europe with her family.
In 1939 she moved to London. She appeared in Kiss Me Kate and starred with Lena Horne in Jamaica in 1957. In 1963, her husband passed away. She took some time off but made a comeback in 1984 singing Creole Love. Her last performance was in March 1992.
In 1993, Hall passed away in her home in London.
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