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Blues, Boogie & Torch Ballads 1945-1958

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Blues, Boogie & Torch Ballads 1945-1958
Blues, Boogie & Torch Ballads 1945-1958


A powerful, versatile pianist with a smoky, sultry voice, perfectly suited to torch ballads, Hadda Brooks' boogie-woogie styled 78s were massive sellers on the US West Coast in the immediate post-WWII jukebox era, earning her the title "The Queen Of The Boogie".

A classically-trained pianist, she'd previously worked with legendary tap-dance choreographer Willie Covan, rehearsing stars like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Shirley Temple, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

This compilation presents Hadda at the very peak of her recording career, for Modern, London, OKeh and Crown, between 1945-58.

It features her R&B hits 'That's My Desire', 'Out Of The Blue', 'What Have I Done', 'Romance In The Dark', and also 'I Hadn't Anyone Till You', which she famously sang in the Humphrey Bogart film noir classic, In A Lonely Place. An overview of her recorded output, encompassing piano boogies and vocals, this anthology includes all her hits and signature songs, the first time that this body of work has been thus assembled.


  1. Name
  2. Blusen The Boogie
  3. Swingin' The Boogie
  4. Juke Box Boogie
  5. Bully Wully Boogie
  6. You Won't Let Me Go
  7. That's My Desire
  8. Romance In The Dark
  9. Variety Bounce
  10. Out Of The Blue
  11. What Have I Done
  12. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  13. Hadda's Boogie
  14. Lazy Boogie
  15. All I Need Is You
  16. Keep Your Hand On Your Heart
  17. It Hadda Be Brooks
  18. I Feel So Good
  19. Time Was When
  20. My Song
  21. Jump Back Honey
  22. Brooks Boogie
  23. Trust In Me
  24. The Thrill Is Gone
  25. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere
  26. Teen Age Boogie
  27. Honky Tonk Boogie
  28. Hip Shakin' Boogie
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