Adams performing at Sushi Blues, Dec 2006
|Birth name||Roberta Louise Osborn|
|Also known as||The Queen of the Blues|
|Born||July 26, 1917|
|Died||December 25, 2014 (aged 97)|
|Genres||Detroit blues, jump blues, Chicago blues|
|Labels||Chess Records, Savoy Records, Cannonball Records, Eastlawn Records|
|Associated acts||The Bluesettes, Tiny Bradshaw, Johnnie Bassett|
She was raised in Detroit, she began performing as a tap dancer and nightclub singer in the 1930s. In 1952, she landed a recording contract with Chess Records and recorded alongside Red Saunders for the record label. Adams toured alongside Duke Ellington, Eddie Vinson, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, and T-Bone Walker amongst others.
Her solo career saw her secure a recording contract with the now defunct Cannonball Records, and she recorded two albums for them: 1999's Born With the Blues and 2000s Say Baby Say. Her 2004 album, I'm on the Move, was released on Eastlawn Records label. In 2006 she released the EP Detroit's Queen of the Blues, which was named Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording at the 2006 Detroit Music Awards.
References[change | change source]
- Graff, Gary (December 25, 2014). "Alberta Adams, the Queen of Detroit blues, dies at 97". Macomb Daily. Retrieved 2014-12-25.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Alberta Adams at Wikimedia Commons