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 Datesort ascending Venue City Region Country
RJ Spangler Trio w/ Alberta Adams 01/09/2011 Chelsea District Library Chelsea Michigan USA
17th Annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival 01/07/2011 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Comerica City Fest 07/08/2007 New Center Park Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Music Awards 04/20/2007 State Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Anti-Freeze Blues Festival 01/06/2007 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 10/29/2006 LeRoy's Classic Bar & Grill Lansing Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 04/16/2006 LeRoy's Classic Bar & Grill Lansing Michigan USA
Detroit Divas of Blues 11/25/2005 Cadillac Club Lansing Michigan USA
26th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/05/2005 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
2005 Motor City Music Conference 04/23/2005 Cobo Joe's Detroit Michigan USA
Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 09/14/2002 Gallup Park Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Back Porch BBQ Blues Festival 04/14/2002 Tangent Gallery Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 02/23/2002 Mega Blues Clinton Township Michigan USA
8th Annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival 01/05/2002 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Willie D. Warren Benefit 02/11/2001 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 12/22/2000 Michael's on the River Flat Rock Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 11/25/2000 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 10/21/2000 Pelicans Lapeer Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 10/15/2000 Cadieux Café Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 09/30/2000 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 09/29/2000 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Rib America 06/17/2000 Phoenix Plaza Amphitheater Pontiac Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 04/28/2000 Memphis Smoke (RO) Royal Oak Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 03/11/2000 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 03/10/2000 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA

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