Brooks, Hadda

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Brooks, Hadda Gender: F
Hattie Lurenia Margurite Hopgood
born on 29 October 1916 at 11:45 (= 11:45 AM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 06°04' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 14°29 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 18°16'

Hadda Brooks (as the singer of "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" in the 1950 film "In a Lonely Place")


American pianist, vocalist and composer, billed as "Queen of the Boogie," who was Inducted in the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1993.

Her first recording, "Swingin' the Boogie", for Modern Records, was a regional hit in 1945. Another R&B Top Ten hit, "Out of the Blue," was her most famous song. She sang at Hawaii's statehood ceremony in 1959 and was asked for a private audience by Pope Pius XII.

In the 1970s, she commuted to Europe for performances in nightclubs and festivals. She performed rarely in the United States, living for many years in Australia. Queen of the Boogie, a compilation of recordings from the 1940s, was released in 1984. Two years later her manager Alan Eichler brought her out of a 16-year retirement to open a jazz room at Perino's in Los Angeles, after which she continued to perform in nightclubs in Hollywood, San Francisco, and New York City.

In 2007, a 72-minute documentary on Brooks's life, Queen of the Boogie, directed by Austin Young and Barry Pett, was presented at the Los Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival.

In 1940, Brooks married Earl "Shug" Morrison, of the Harlem Globetrotters, but was widowed within a year, and she never married again. She died on 21 November 2002 at the age of 86 at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles after open-heart surgery.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1940 (Earl "Shug" Morrison)
  • Death of Mate 1942 (Earl "Shug" Morrison)
  • Work : Prize 1993 (Rhythm and Blues Foundation Hall of Fame)
  • Other Death 21 December 2002 (After open-heart surgery, age 86)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black, African-American)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Earl "Shug" Morrison)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Stage name)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Pianist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Rhythm and Blues Foundation)