Alberta Adams

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Alberta Adams
Alberta Adams performing at Sushi Blues in Hollywood, FL.
Background Information

Birth Name

Roberta Louise Osborn


July 26, 1917
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.


December 25, 2014 (aged 97)
Dearborn, Michigan,


Detroit blues, jump blues, Chicago blues


Singer, Musician

Years Active



Chess Records, Savoy Records, Cannonball Records, Eastlawn Records

Associated Acts

The Bluesettes, Tiny Bradshaw, Johnnie Bassett


Alberta Adams, born Roberta Louise Osborne, Was a Detroit blues and jump blues singer born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1917. 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 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". In 2004 she recorded "I'm on the Move", for the Eastlawn Records label.

Alberta has long been the undisputed Queen of the Blues in Detroit. She started as a dancer in the late 1940's and has been doing it ever since. Along the way she toured with T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Cleanhead Vinson and even played the Apollo Theater with Dizzy Gillespie. It'samazing that a woman born in 1917 was still out there doing it and doing with power. She continued to represent the real old school and toured until her passing.


Studio albums

Year Album title Release details
1999 Born with the Blues
  • Released Feb 16, 1999
  • Label: Cannonball Records
  • Format: Cassette]], CD
2000 Say Baby Say
  • Released June 6, 2000
  • Label: Cannonball Records
  • Format: CD
2004 I'm on the Move
(with the Rhythm Rockers)
2008 Detroit Is My Home


Year Album title Awards

Detroit's Queen of the Blues
(with the Rhythm Rockers)

2006 Detroit Music Awards: Outstanding Blues/R&B Recording

Singles (incomplete list)

Year Title Album
1962 "I Got a Feeling" 7" single Thelma Records
1992 "Remember" Chess Blues Chess Records compilation
1999 "Say Baby Say" Single only Cannonball Records


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