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
Alberta Adams 02/09/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 03/08/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 03/09/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 05/10/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 05/11/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 05/12/1991 Dummy George's Detroit Michigan USA
Blossoms & Blues '94 06/05/1994 Alfred Brush Ford Park Detroit Michigan USA
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/03/1994 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
Detroit Blues Legends 06/03/1995 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Deep Freeze Blues Festival 01/06/1996 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Famous Coachman's Indoor Blues Festival 03/03/1996 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents 09/20/1996 Ye Olde Tap Room Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 12/29/1996 Soup Kitchen Detroit Michigan USA
Anti-Freeze Blues Festival 01/05/1997 Magic Bag Ferndale Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 01/14/1997 Memphis Smoke (RO) Royal Oak Michigan USA
Alberta Adams / Willie D. Warren 07/06/1997 Michigan TasteFest Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & Blue Suit 01/23/1998 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & Blue Suit 01/24/1998 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & Blue Suit 02/27/1998 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Alberta Adams & Blue Suit 02/28/1998 Fox & Hounds Bloomfield Hills Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 04/10/1998 Soup Kitchen Detroit Michigan USA
Arts, Beats & Eats 09/04/1998 Arts, Beats & Eats Pontiac Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 06/03/1999 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 06/17/1999 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA
Alberta Adams 06/24/1999 Music Menu Detroit Michigan USA

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