|Genres:||Blues R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||blues jazz vocal pop singer-songwriter|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Hadda Hopgood, 29 October 1916, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 21 November 2002, Los Angeles, California, USA. Brooks began taking piano lessons as a young child of four, later studying classical music in Los Angeles and Chicago. In 1945 record executive Jules Bihari, just establishing Modern Records, heard Brooks playing and signed her. Her first single, Swingin The Boogie, was issued in 1945, and Brooks was billed as Queen of the Boogie (a film of the same name was made in 1947). The follow-up, Rockin The Boogie, set the style for the rest of her career, although the many boogies she recorded - often modern arrangements of classical music such as Humoresque or Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - were usually backed with fine vocal blues or ballads. She enjoyed further R&B hits with Out Of The Blue and Thats My Desire, with the latter crossing over into the pop...