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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 10615
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Adelaide Hall

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American-born British based jazz singer and entertainer.

Hall was born in Brooklyn and taught to sing by her father. She began her career on Broadway in 1921 in the chorus line of the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, and went on to appear in a number of similar black musical shows, until in 1928 she starred (with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Nina Mae McKinney) in Blackbirds of 1928. It was this revue that made her name, both in the U.S. and in Europe when the show was taken to Paris. Her performances in it included the songs "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby", "Diga Diga Doo", and "I Must Have That Man", which continued to be audience favourites throughout her career.
Hall came to Britain in 1938 to star in a musical version of Edgar Wallace's The Sun Never Sets at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She became so popular with British audiences, that she stayed on. Living in London for the rest of her life.

Hall made over seventy records for Decca, had her own radio series (she was the first black artist to have a long-term contract with the BBC), and appeared on the stage, in films (she made a brief appearance in Alexander Korda’s 1940 film, The Thief of Bagdad), and in nightclubs (of which she owned her own, in London and Paris). In the 1940s, and especially during World War II, she was hugely popular with both civilian and ENSA audiences, and became one of the highest paid entertainers in the country.

Over a very long career Hall performed with entertainment giants who includes such as Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington (with whom she made one of her most famous recordings, "Creole Love Call" in 1927), Fats Waller, and Art Tatum.

This is an exceptionally lovely vintage sepia photograph (a little less than 7" x 5"), nicely signed, inscribed and dated (25th October, 1940) in green ink across a lighter area of the image. The lower margin has been trimmed (not affecting the signature) but overall condition is very good.