Alberta Hunter

American blues singer, songwriter, and nurse

Alberta Hunter (April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) was an American singer-songwriter. She sang blues and jazz music. She was especially popular in the 1920s and 1930s. She sang the critically acclaimed "Downhearted Blues" in 1922. She stopped performing in the 1950s.

Early lifeEdit

Hunter was born in Memphis, but later moved to Chicago.

Personal lifeEdit

Hunter was a lesbian.[1]


Hunter died in New York City at age 89.


  1. Hart, Hugh (20 June 2004). "A woman larger than life" – via LA Times.