Late Night FDL: Please Remember Me
R.I.P. Alberta Adams…!
Known as Detroit’s Queen Of The Blues, she passed away on Christmas morning after a long illness.
Born Roberta Louis Osborn in 1917, she was living alone by the time she was 14, and began her performance career as a tap dancer before starting to sing alongside John Lee Hooker, Duke Ellington and others.
Chess Records signed her in the 1950s and she became a member of the Bluesettes, who toured with Tiny Bradshaw. She recorded for Savoy Records, and began an association with Johnny Bassett and his band that lasted for decades. Other collaborations included T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton and Red Saunders.
In 1997, after a period out of the limelight, she signed a deal with Cannonball Records and released solo albums Born With The Blues and Say Baby Say. They reignited her live career and she continued to perform across the US and Canada. She went on to make two albums for Eastlawn Records, the last of which was 2008’s Detroit Is My Home. She continued studio work until 2013, despite being in a wheelchair.
Steve Allen of the Detroit Blues Society said: “Alberta was without question the queen. She always had a kind word – a true jewel in an ugly business. She leaves a giant space that may never quite be filled.”
Eastlawn boss RJ Spangler added: “She was a unique and dynamic performer. She found her own way to sing the blues; she was one of a kind.”
What’s on your mind tonite…?