Hadda Brooks

Born: 
10/29/1916
City: 
Los Angeles
Region: 
California
Country: 
USA
Died: 
09/11/2002
Years Active: 
1940's-2000's
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Piano, Vocals

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Hadda Brooks (born Hadda Hapgood) was an American pianist, vocalist and composer. Her first single, "Swingin' the Boogie", which she composed, was issued in 1945. She was billed as "Queen of the Boogie." Highlights of her life included singing at Hawaii's official statehood ceremony in 1959 and being asked for a private audience with Pope Pius XII.

Brooks began playing piano professionally in the early 1940s at a tap-dance studio owned by Hollywood choreographer and dancer Willie Covan. For ten dollars a week, she played the popular tunes of the day while Covan worked with such stars as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Shirley Temple. Brooks was married briefly during this period to a Harlem Globetrotter named Earl "Shug" Morrison in 1941. She toured with the team when they traveled. Morrison developed pulmonary pneumonia, however, and died about a year after they were married. It was Brooks' only marriage.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Cootie Williams 11/07/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 11/08/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 11/09/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 11/10/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 11/11/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 11/12/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Cootie Williams 11/13/1947 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/12/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/13/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/14/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/15/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/16/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/17/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/18/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/19/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/20/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/21/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/22/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/23/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/24/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 10/25/1951 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 12/26/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 12/27/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 12/28/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Hadda Brooks 12/29/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA

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