Alberta Hunter

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Alberta Hunter
Also known asMay Alix, Josephine Beatty
Born(1895-04-01)April 1, 1895
Memphis, Tennessee
DiedOctober 17, 1984(1984-10-17) (aged 89)
Roosevelt Island, New York
GenresJazz, blues
Years active1914–84
LabelsBlack Swan, Paramount, Gennett, OKeh, Victor, Columbia, Decca, Bluebird, Bluesville

Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) was an American singer-songwriter. She sang blues and jazz music. She was especially popular in the 1920s and 1930s. She sang the critically acclaimed "Downhearted Blues" in 1922. She stopped performing in the 1950s.

Early life[change | change source]

Hunter was born in Memphis, but later moved to Chicago.

Personal life[change | change source]

Hunter was a lesbian.[1]

Death[change | change source]

Hunter died in New York City at age 89.

References[change | change source]

  1. Hart, Hugh (20 June 2004). "A woman larger than life" – via LA Times.