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Art Tatum and Adelaide Hall - You Gave Me Everything But Love (1932)

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025555

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In 1931, vocalist Adelaide Hall commenced a world tour that lasted almost two years, during which she discovered Tatum in Toledo and employed him as one of her stage pianists. In 1932, Hall returned to New York with Tatum and introduced him to Harlem on stage at the Lafayette Theatre.

In August 1932, she made four recordings using Tatum as one of her pianists including the songs "Strange As It Seems" and "You Gave Me Everything But Love".

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Adelaide Hall - You Gave Me Everything But Love (1932)

Adelaide Hall (Oct.20,1901 - Nov.7,1993) was an American born British based jazz singer and entertainer.

Hall was born in Brooklyn, New York and was taught to sing by her father. She began her stage career on Broadway in 1921 in the chorus line of the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, and went on to appear in a number of similar black musical shows, including "Runnin' Wild" on Broadway in 1923, "Chocolate Kiddies" in 1925 (European tour), "My Magnolia" on Broadway in 1926 and in "Desires of 1927" American tour in 1927. At the end 1927 she recorded 'Creole Love Call' and 'The Blues I Love To Sing' with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. The recording was a hit and catapulted both Adelaide's and Ellington's careers into the mainstream.

In 1928 she starred on Broadway with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in Blackbirds of 1928. The show became the most successful all-black show ever staged on Broadway at that time and made Adelaide and Bojangles into household names. It was this revue that made her name, both in the U.S. and in Europe when the show was taken to Paris to star at the Moulin Rouge in 1929. Her performances in it included the songs "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby", "Diga Diga Doo", and "I Must Have That Man", which continued to be audience favourites throughout her career.

Hall has performed with major artists such as Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, and Jools Holland, and has recorded as a jazz singer with Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Art Tatum.

During an extremely long career (since 1991) she has held the world record as the most enduring recording artist.

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Tatum, Art

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