Alberta Hunter

Genres: Blues Jazz
Descriptive "tags": blues jazz female vocalists rhythm and blues classic blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

1 April 1895, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 17 October 1984, New York City, New York, USA. Growing up in Chicago, Hunter began her remarkable career singing at Dago Frank’s, one of the city’s least salubrious whorehouses. There she sang for the girls, the pimps and the customers, earning both their admiration and good money from tips. Later, she moved on and marginally upwards to a job singing in Hugh Hoskins’ saloon. She continued to move through Chicago’s saloons and bars, gradually developing a following. She entered the big time with an engagement at the Dreamland Cafe, where she sang with King Oliver’s band. Among the songs she sang was ‘Down Hearted Blues’, which she composed in collaboration with Lovie Austin and which was recorded in 1923 by Bessie Smith. Early in her career she sometimes performed and occasionally recorded under different names, including May Alix and Josephine Beatty. During the 20s and early 30s Hunter...

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