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Alberta Hunter

  • American musician
  • Born April 1, 1895
  • Died October 17, 1984

Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) was an American jazz singer and songwriter who had a successful career from the early 1920s to the late 1950s, and then stopped performing. After twenty years of working as a nurse, in 1977 Hunter successfully resumed her popular singing career until her death.


Blues means what milk does to a baby. Blues is what the spirit is to the minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt, our souls have been disturbed.




Maybe if I knew music I couldn't do what I am doing.




None of them going to treat me bad, honey, I'm too strict for that.




Until they put that sand and dirt in my face I will not sit in church all day.




Put your faith in God and confidence in yourself.




The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me.



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