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Underneath A Harlem Moon: The Harlem to Paris Years of Adelaide Hall by Iain Cameron Williams

At the age of 83 Adelaide Halls career was brought to the public's attention with the release of Francis Coppola's movie "The Cotton Club" and one of the characters in that fine film is based in part upon Adelaide Hall. Two of her hit songs from that era are featured "Creole Love Call" and "Ill Wind." Coppola found her and together they helped publicize the movie and in the process the public re-discovered Hall. She had made Britain her home overseas since 1939.

There is a great scene in this book where Adelaide Hall performs at a private party held by George Gershwin in which she sits upon his grand piano and sings "I Can"t Give You Anything But Love Baby." Gershwin was noted for giving huge private parties that included his favorite performers most of whom were his close friends. The party went on into the morning hours and ended past daybreak when everybody parted happily from George Gershwin's residence with crates of champagne as parting gifts! The book is filled with such detailed stories.

Adelaide Hall is a major part of what is described as the Harlem Renaissance. Her first starring role in Lew Leslie's Broadway revue "Blackbirds of 1928" turned her into what could be called today the "first modern-day international black female superstar."

Reading this well-written biography is like reading a who's who of entertainment personalities and their direct contributions to American music. Excellent reading.

The book contains photographs recordings covering 1921 - 1938 movies covering 1921 - 1938 notes bibliography and a detailed index.

This is fine reading experience and the author Iain Cameron Williams is to be congratulated on an accurate detailed biography. First class. Highly recommended.'UNDERNEATH A HARLEM MOON is a moving biography of the forgotten jazz vocalist of the Jazz Age and beyond, Adelaide Hall. This book will hold your interest from beginning to end.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Underneath A Harlem Moon: The Harlem to Paris Years of Adelaide Hall
  • Author: Iain Cameron Williams
  • Publisher: Continuum
  • Year Published: 2002
  • Book Type:: Non-Fiction
  • ISBN: 826458939
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 428
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