Adelaide HallJazz singerLONDON -- Adelaide Hall, a...


Adelaide Hall

Jazz singer

LONDON -- Adelaide Hall, a jazz singer who made her name at the Cotton Club in New York and performed with Duke Ellington, died of pneumonia Sunday at London's Charing Cross Hospital.

The 92-year-old American-born singer often performed at the Cotton Club in the 1920s and '30s. She was featured in Ellington's hit, "Creole Love Song."

Born in New York, the daughter of a music professor, Ms. Hall began performing on stage when she was 14. After being spotted by a talent scout, she performed in "Chocolate Kiddies," Mr. Ellington's first complete show score. She established her reputation with "Shuffle Along," produced by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake.

In 1934, she moved to Paris with her husband and manager, Bert Hicks, before settling in London in 1938. The couple opened the Florida Club in Mayfair.

Her credits included an appearance in the original "Kiss Me Kate" at the Coliseum in London. She continued to sing professionally into her 80s. Her biographer, Iain Williams, described Ms. Hall as one of the greatest jazz singers of her time.

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