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 descending Venue City Region Country
Detroit Blues Festival 09/21/1980 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Sixth Annual Detroit Blues Festival 08/27/1982 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Sixth Annual Detroit Blues Festival 08/28/1982 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Sixth Annual Detroit Blues Festival 08/29/1982 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 12/10/1982 Sunnie Wilson's Celebrity Room Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 12/11/1982 Sunnie Wilson's Celebrity Room Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 12/12/1982 Sunnie Wilson's Celebrity Room Detroit Michigan USA
7th Annual Detroit Blues Festival 06/18/1983 Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit Michigan USA
7th Annual Detroit Blues Festival 06/19/1983 Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 07/08/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 07/09/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 08/05/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 08/06/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 10/06/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 10/25/1983 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Band 01/18/1984 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Band 01/26/1984 Mr. Flood's Party Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Roots of the Blues 12/12/1986 Latin Quarter Detroit Michigan USA
Roots of the Blues 12/13/1986 Latin Quarter Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & the Crosstown Blues Band 02/09/1987 Gangster's Redford Michigan USA
Roots of the Blues 02/28/1987 Latin Quarter Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Festival of the Arts 09/23/1989 Museum of African American History Detroit Michigan USA
Veteran's Day Blues Jubilee 11/11/1989 Moby Dick's Dearborn Michigan USA
Detroit Blues Festival 05/28/1990 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 02/08/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA

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