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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Two-fisted Double-Jointed Rough & Ready Man - Alberta Hunter

Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 - October 17, 1984), was a celebrated African-American jazz singer, songwriter and nurse. Born in Memphis, she left home while still in her early teens and settled in Chicago. There, she peeled potatoes by day and hounded club owners by night, determined to land a singing job. Her persistence paid off, and Alberta began a climb through some of the city’s lowest dives to a headlining job at its most elegant night spot, the Dreamland CafĂ©. Her career flourished as both singer and writer (her songs include the memorable double-entendre number “(My Man is Such a) Handy Man” in the 1920s and 1930s, and she appeared in clubs and on stage in musicals in both New York and London. She was active as a volunteer during World War II. Following the War, her career lost momentum. By the early 1950s, the death of her mother and career frustrations caused Hunter to abandon the music industry. She prudently reduced her age, “invented” a high school diploma, and enrolled in nursing school, embarking on what was apparently a highly fulfilling career in health care. She was working at New York’s Goldwater Memorial Hospital in 1961 when record producer Chris Albertson asked her to break an 11-year absence from the recording studio. The result was her participation (four songs) on a Prestige Bluesville album entitled “Songs We Taught Your Mother. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band!

3 comments:

  1. Frank C Taylor and Gerald Cook collaborated on writing

    Alberta Hunter: A Celebration in Blues

    published in 1987 by New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987.

    311 pages of fascinating reading and vintage photos.

    A well spent life.

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    1. A walking encyclopedia of great knowledge! Thanks a million Alan!

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  2. She was such a little dickens. What a great sense of humor and that twinkle in her eye she always had.

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