Alberta Adams

Born: 
07/26/1917
City: 
Indianapolis
Region: 
Indiana
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1930's-1990's
Instruments: 
Vocals

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Alberta Adams, born Roberta Louise Osborn, is an American Detroit blues, jump blues, and Chicago blues singer. Adams was raised in Detroit, Michigan by a relative, and began performing as a tap dancer in the 1930s. In 1942, she appeared at Club B&C, amidst other artists such as John Lee Hooker.

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 2000's Say Baby Say. Her 2004 album, I'm on the Move, was released on the Eastlawn Records label.

At age 91, Adams returned to the studio and recorded Detroit Is My Home. Ann Rabson, Cee Cee Collins and Thornetta Davis guested on various tracks.

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Countrysort descending
Detroit Blues Festival 05/28/1990 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Roy Eldridge Orchestra 03/05/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 08/06/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Wynonie Harris 05/11/1957 Frolic Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
6th Annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival 01/07/2000 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & Blue Suit 01/23/1998 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Bull Moose Jackson 03/22/1955 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Anti-Freeze Blues Festival 01/06/2007 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Roots of the Blues 02/28/1987 Latin Quarter Detroit Michigan USA
Roy Eldridge Orchestra 03/07/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 10/06/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Wynonie Harris 05/13/1957 Frolic Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Living Room Blues Band 02/04/2000 Attic Bar Hamtramck Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & Blue Suit 01/24/1998 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Bull Moose Jackson 03/23/1955 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Music Awards 04/20/2007 State Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Festival of the Arts 09/23/1989 Museum of African American History Detroit Michigan USA
Roy Eldridge Orchestra 03/03/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 10/25/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Wynonie Harris 05/16/1957 Frolic Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 02/18/2000 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & Blue Suit 02/27/1998 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Bull Moose Jackson 03/24/1955 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Comerica City Fest 07/08/2007 New Center Park Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 02/09/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA

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