Linda Hopkins

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Linda Hopkins
Linda Hopkins in concert.
Linda Hopkins in concert.
Background information
Birth nameMelinda Helen Matthews
Born(1924-12-14)December 14, 1924
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedApril 10, 2017(2017-04-10) (aged 92)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
GenresBlues[1]
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1951–2017

Linda Hopkins (December 14, 1924 – April 10, 2017)[2] was an African-American stage actress and blues and gospel singer. She has recorded classic, traditional, and urban blues, and performed R&B and soul, jazz, and show tunes since the 1950s.[1]

During the 1970s, Hopkins performed in the Broadway musical, Purlie, and with Sammy Davis, Jr. for nine months. In addition, she performed at President Jimmy Carter's 1977 inaugural ball.

Hopkins starred in Me and Bessie, a one-woman show paying homage to blues singer Bessie Smith.

Hopkins died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 10, 2017 at the age of 92.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Biography by Ron Wynn". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  2. "Linda Hopkins". The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hwof.mobi/star. Retrieved September 2, 2011.
  3. "Legendary Gospel and Blues singer Linda Hopkins dies at 92 | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  4. "Linda Hopkins, Tony Award-winning actress and singer, dies at 92". The New York Times. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.

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