Thursday, October 22, 2009


On October 20, 2001, the world of jazz celebrated the centenary of the legendary American jazz vocalist Adelaide Hall, born in Brooklyn, New York. Miss Hall's career spanned over 70 years. During the late Twenties and early Thirties she was regarded as an innovator and pioneer and America's foremost jazz vocalist. Her early recordings with Ellington, Joe Turner and Fats Waller stand testimony to her remarkable talent.

Her starring role in Lew Leslie's Broadway revue “Blackbirds of 1928" made her into a household name and gave her the hit songs “I Can't Give You Anything But Love, baby", the heart wrenching “I Must Have that Man" and the comical “Diga Diga Do." The revue played for over one year on Broadway, three months at Paris' Moulin Rouge and then toured America.

By coincidence, on October 26, 2001, it was the 75th anniversary of her classic recording of “Creole Love Call" with Duke Ellington's Orchestra. Not only did the record establish Adelaide as the world's first female “scat" vocalist, it is now regarded as one of the most important recordings in jazz history.

During her centennial various events took place world-wide to honour and celebrate her life.

A definitive biography written by Iain Cameron Williams titled: “UNDERNEATH A HARLEM MOON...the Harlem to Paris years of Adelaide Hall" was published world-wide in March 2002 by Continuum International Publishing Group with both a launch in New York and London. The book deals exclusively with Miss Hall's “early" career, covering her conquests in America and subsequent exile to Europe culminating in 1938 when she arrives in Britain. The book contains many rare and previously unseen photographs from the period.

For more information regarding it, please contact the publishing company via their website:

Adelaide sings 'The Blues I like to Sing" with Duke Ellington.

Reference - AAJ

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