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April 1, 1895 - October 17, 1984
Alberta Hunter performs the Jimmy Cox classic "Nobody Knows You" in 1981 at age 86.
Alberta Hunter, vocals
Gerald Cook, piano
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Born in Memphis, Albert Hunter traveled to Chicago when she was a teen where she worked in the kitchen by day and the beat the streets at night determined to land a job singing.
Her persistence brought her all the way from performing in the lowest establishments to headlining in some of the city's most prestigious venues including the Dreamland Ballroom where she began in 1912.
In 1917 she first toured Europe and continued to appear in numerous musical revues in New York and London throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Alberta made he fist recordings for the Black Swan label in 1921 and would make many more.
A songwriter as well she wrote and recorded "Downhearted Blues" in 1922.
Following her mothers death in 1954, she enrolled in nursing school and remained in the field until she was forced to retire in 1977.
Bored sitting idle Alberta Hunter decided to resume her former life as a cabaret singer touring and holding a regular engagement in Greenwich Village for the next several years until her death.
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