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 Regionsort descending Country
7th Annual Detroit Blues Festival 06/19/1983 Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit Michigan USA
Jackie Wilson 11/02/1957 Club Vogue Inkster Michigan USA
RJ Spangler Trio w/ Alberta Adams 01/09/2011 Chelsea District Library Chelsea Michigan USA
Bull Moose Jackson 03/13/1955 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 06/17/1999 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 12/12/1982 Sunnie Wilson's Celebrity Room Detroit Michigan USA
The Bluzettes 12/21/1953 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 05/10/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 11/25/2000 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA
8th Annual Anti-Freeze Blues Festival 01/05/2002 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Jackie Wilson 11/01/1957 Club Vogue Inkster Michigan USA
Bull Moose Jackson 03/14/1955 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 06/24/1999 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA
Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents 09/20/1996 Ye Olde Tap Room Detroit Michigan USA
The Bluzettes 12/22/1953 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 05/11/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 10/15/2000 Cadieux Café Detroit Michigan USA
Famous Coachman's Indoor Blues Festival 03/03/1996 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Jackie Wilson 11/04/1957 Club Vogue Inkster Michigan USA
Bull Moose Jackson 03/15/1955 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 07/01/1999 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 12/29/1996 Soup Kitchen Detroit Michigan USA
The Bluzettes 12/23/1953 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 05/12/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 10/21/2000 Pelicans Lapeer Michigan USA

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