Hadda Brooks

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Vocals
Descriptive "tags": blues jazz vocal pop singer-songwriter Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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 ‘That’s My Desire’, with the latter crossing over into the pop...

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