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  • Vinyl (May 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jukebox Lil
  • ASIN: B002W24E24
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This special lady, known alternately as Empress Of The Torch Blues and Queen Of The Boogie, was one of America's best-kept secrets for, although she was a prolific recording artist as both a singer and pianist, just three of her songs made an impact on the charts - in 1947/48 on what then passed for the R&B charts for the small Modern label. She would also record for Columbia's "race" label Okeh, but without any chart success for her singles releases.

Heading the Hadda Brooks Trio [with Basie Day on bass and Al Wichard on drums] her first hit was That's My Desire which went to # 4 in June 1947, a tune covered by Frankie Laine for HIS first hit on the much larger Mercury label [# 4 pop]. The flipside [not included here] was Humoresque Boogie.

A year later, after singing Out Of The Blue in the 1947 George Brent movie of the same name, a recorded version went to # 9 b/w Bully Wully Boogie. Both are included here. Her last charter then came a month or so later in October 1948 when What Have I Done? topped out at # 3 for her best hit. But while the flipside, Tootsie Timesie is included here, the A-side is not! Nor does it seem to be included in any of the other Hadda Brooks compilations offered, which indicates that, perhaps, the master has been lost (a good bet since, if Ace didn't include it then it likely was unattainable). If that's the case it's a tragedy for music historians.

Even though no further hits ensued, she would continue recording, including acclaimed LPs, almost right up to the time of her death on November 21, 2002 at age 86. She also appeared in several more films, usually in a singing role, among them the 1950 Bogart movie In A Lonely Place, and the 1952 Kirk Douglas/ Lana Turner award-winning The Bad And The Beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alanleee on August 14, 2012
Format: Vinyl
This is prime Hadda Brooks and was the first reissue of her vintage Modern material. It includes several rare tracks that have still not made it to CD and should not be confused with the later "Romance in the Dark" compilation on Virgin/Pointblank. Both are highly recommended, but they do have differences and any avid collector of Hadda's should get both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sanford P. Press on July 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Never heard of her before and was pleasantly surprised by her performace. Came up with Ruth Brown. Very different yet equally as talented. a wonderful blast from the past.

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Again, I love Hadda and her music. Its a beautiful CD, received on time and in great condition.
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