Hadda Brooks Photo Gallery

Hadda Brooks was born in 1916 in Boyle Heights, CA.

Hadda (standing) with sister Kathryn.

Hadda was signed in 1945 to Modern Records.

Hadda appeared in "In a Lonely Place" starring Humphrey Bogart, 1950.

Hadda became the first African-American woman to host her own television show
in 1957, "The Hadda Brooks Show," a combination talk and musical entertainment
show, aired on Los Angeles' KCOP-TV.

Hadda (second from left in black scarf) visits the Pope with her
husband, Harlem Globetrotter Earl “Shug” Morrison.

Hadda performs with Dizzy Gillespie at the New Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Down Beat Boogie, released in 1948.

Singing at Hawaii's official statehood ceremony in 1959.

Hadda in Honolulu, 1959.

Rob Ray Records releases self-titled album “Hadda” in 1977.

Hadda at Gold Street nightclub in San Francisco, where she performed, circa 1975.

Hadda (circa 1980) posing with pastel portrait of her done in
Australia in the 60’s.

Hadda receiving direction for Jefferson Davis, for his movie “John John in the Sky,” 2000.

Hadda with singer “Little” Jimmy Scott.

Photo by William Claxton, 1997.

Photo by Austin Young, 1999.

Photo by Alan Mercer, 2001.

Herman Leonard photographed Hadda in New Orleans, 2001.

Photo by Alan Mercer, 2001.

Publicity photo by Austin Young for Virgin Records' release
of Hadda's 1998 album I Got News For You.

Photo by Austin Young, 1999.

Photo by Austin Young, 1999.