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Alberta Adams

Alberta Adams

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The Grand Dame of Detroit Blues

Alberta Adams (c. 1920), born Roberta Louise Osborne, is a Detroit blues, jump blues and Chicago blues singer born in Indianapolis, Indiana sometime in the early 1920s. She was raised in Detroit, Michigan by a relative, and got her break in the 1940s performing in a club on Hastings Street amidst other artists like John Lee Hooker. Soon after she landed a contract with Chess Records and recorded alongside Red Saunders for the label. She found herself touring with the likes of Duke Ellington, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Louis Jordan, only to name a few. Her solo career really did not lift off ground until the 1990s, when she landed a contract with the now defunct Cannonball Records and recorded two albums for them, 1999s Born With the Blues and 2000s Say Baby Say. Her latest album is from 2004 titled I'm on the Move, done for the Eastlawn Records label. (quoted from

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