Adelaide Hall 1901 – 1993
Adelaide Hall was one of the most famous American born UK based Jazz singers of the 20th Century, enjoying a brilliant career that spanned some seventy years. She first appeared on Broadway in New York in the 1921 musical hit ‘Shufflin Along’ followed by appearing in ‘ Runnin Wild’ – ‘Chocolate KIddies’ with songs by Duke Ellington then in ‘My Magnolia’ followed by Tan Town Tropics with songs by Fats Waller. ‘ Blackbirds’ in 1928. ‘Brown Buddies’ in 1930 American tour of ‘ Desires’ in 1927. World Concert Tour 1931/32. American Tour 1932. World Fair in Chicago & The Stormy Weather Revue in 1933. Chocolate Soldiers Revue at Appollo Theatre, Harlem, NY. Appeared as a star at The Cotton Club in 1934, NY. in the largest grossing show ever staged at this club introducing songs written specially for her by Harold Arlen & Ted Koelher. Moved to Paris in France in 1935 with her husband Bert Hicks. Where she appeared in leading revues.before Bert & Adelaide opened their own night club ‘La Grosse Pomme’ where her resident band was Le Quntette du Hot Club de France, starring Django Reinhart and Stephanie Grapelli. Adelaide starred in the Black Revue in Paris in 1936 with a cast of 50 performers, who toured Switzerland with the show. In 1938 Adelaide & Bert Hicks came to England for Adelaide to star at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in ‘The Sun Never Sets’ by Edgar Wallace. She was so successful and became so popular with British audiences, she stayed and made her home there, becoming one of the most popular singers and entertainers of the time. Bert Hicks & Adelaide Hall bought The Old Florida Club from Captain Gordon Halsey. The Old Florida Club suffered a direct hit during the London Blitz and was never re-built. John Halsey still has a piece of the floodlit glass steps over which guests famously entered the club .