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Hadda Brooks: 1916-2002
Hadda Brooks
Singer, piano

Born: 1916 in Los Angeles, California
Died: November 21, 2002 in Los Angeles, California

Boogie-woogie star enjoyed late comeback

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Hadda Brooks (real name Hadda Hapgood) was a torch singer and pianist who earned a big reputation in the 1940s, when she was known as the Queen of the Boogie. She trianed as a classical painist, but turned instead to boogie woogie in the mid-1940s.

Her vocal hits in the late 1940s and 1950s included "That's My Desire", "Trust in Me" and "Dream". She had roles in a number of films, and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1951.

She retired in 1971 insome obscurity, but returned to begin a successful comeback in Los Angeles in 1987.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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