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December 7, 2002
A memorial service for singer Hadda Brooks will be held at 4 p.m. today at Angeles Funeral Home, 3875 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2002
A memorial service for singer Hadda Brooks will be held at 4 p.m. today at Angeles Funeral Home, 3875 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles.
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December 13, 1993
Veteran singer-pianist Hadda Brooks will perform Wednesday and Thursday at the Vine St. Bar & Grill, 1610 N. Vine, with two shows each night, at 9 and 11 p.m. Accompanied by the Gordon Brisker Quartet, Brooks will also perform on New Year's Eve at the Brasserie in the Bel Age Hotel, 1020 N. San Vicente. Information: Vine St.: (213) 673-4375; Brasserie: (310) 854-1111.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Hadda Brooks, who first rose to fame on the piano in the mid-1940s as "Queen of the Boogie" and became a popular torch singer with hits such as "That's My Desire," has died. She was 86. Brooks, who underwent a career renaissance a decade ago and drew enthusiastic crowds with her repertoire of ballads and boogies, died Thursday at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. She underwent open-heart surgery a few weeks ago, said Russ Paul, her manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2000
"Queen of Boogie" Hadda Brooks will perform in the House of Blues' upstairs Foundation Room every Thursday night this month. She'll do two sets a night, 9 and 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $10. Information: (323) 848-5132.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 1997
R&B-pop singer Hadda Brooks will perform at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Thursday. The 80-year-old entertainer will accompany herself on piano and will be backed by "Senator" Eugene Wright on bass. Shows are at 9 and 11 p.m. Information: (310) 358-1880.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1999 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Back in the late '40s, when Hadda Brooks played her vampy cocktail blues at such plush L.A. nightclubs as Perino's, audiences shut up and listened. On Wednesday, the young crowd at Lucky Seven proved somewhat less disciplined, as chatter never quite ceased during the opening night of the singer-pianist's monthlong weekly residency. But the noise never fazed the elegant, 82-year-old Boyle Heights native.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1987 | DON HECKMAN
Staid old Perino's, a virtual shrine to laid-back tradition, took a giant step toward a change of image Tuesday night when singer/pianist Hadda Brooks opened in the restaurant's casually styled Oak Room Bar. A staple of Los Angeles nightlife in the '40s and '50s, Brooks was the star of one of the Southland's first television variety shows (in 1951), produced a number of boogie woogie hit recordings, and made film appearances with Humphrey Bogart and Lana Turner.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1994
Singer-pianist Hadda Brooks inaugurates a live music policy at the new St. Moritz Restaurant-at-the-Club, performing every Friday and Saturday in August starting at 9 p.m. The entertainer will appear in the upcoming film "The Crossing Guard," starring Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, and has two new CD releases: "That's My Desire," featuring Brooks' recordings from the '40s and '50s, and a new album, "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Often, as Hadda Brooks--the woman who practically invented the torch song--slumped over the keys at the Viper Room on Thursday and tickled the ivories with dazzling expertise, her voice hushed in a sultry whisper and eyes clenched in the rapture, many in the audience had to wonder: If this tiny, 79-year-old woman can still manage to fill a room with her sex appeal at this age, just imagine what she must have been like when she performed for Humphrey Bogart.
NEWS
May 17, 2002
City of Angles: Making Waves Surfing legend George Downing, far left, and five of his cronies are suing Abercrombie & Fitch for using a 1960s-era photo of them posed with their surfboards without permission. Also in the news: Hadda Brooks. E2
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2000
"Queen of Boogie" Hadda Brooks will perform in the House of Blues' upstairs Foundation Room every Thursday night this month. She'll do two sets a night, 9 and 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $10. Information: (323) 848-5132.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 1999 | NATALIE NICHOLS
Back in the late '40s, when Hadda Brooks played her vampy cocktail blues at such plush L.A. nightclubs as Perino's, audiences shut up and listened. On Wednesday, the young crowd at Lucky Seven proved somewhat less disciplined, as chatter never quite ceased during the opening night of the singer-pianist's monthlong weekly residency. But the noise never fazed the elegant, 82-year-old Boyle Heights native.
MAGAZINE
February 1, 1998 | Jon Regardie
The wannabe models and goatee-boasting boys clogging the Hollywood disco Goldfingers sipped their Cosmopolitans and swayed contentedly to the music issuing from the stage. Yet the enthusiastic applause from the young and beautiful palms caressed neither an indie rocker nor deejay-of-the-moment but 81-year-old Hadda Brooks and her baby grand piano.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 1997
R&B-pop singer Hadda Brooks will perform at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Thursday. The 80-year-old entertainer will accompany herself on piano and will be backed by "Senator" Eugene Wright on bass. Shows are at 9 and 11 p.m. Information: (310) 358-1880.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Often, as Hadda Brooks--the woman who practically invented the torch song--slumped over the keys at the Viper Room on Thursday and tickled the ivories with dazzling expertise, her voice hushed in a sultry whisper and eyes clenched in the rapture, many in the audience had to wonder: If this tiny, 79-year-old woman can still manage to fill a room with her sex appeal at this age, just imagine what she must have been like when she performed for Humphrey Bogart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Hadda Brooks, who first rose to fame on the piano in the mid-1940s as "Queen of the Boogie" and became a popular torch singer with hits such as "That's My Desire," has died. She was 86. Brooks, who underwent a career renaissance a decade ago and drew enthusiastic crowds with her repertoire of ballads and boogies, died Thursday at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. She underwent open-heart surgery a few weeks ago, said Russ Paul, her manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1994
Singer-pianist Hadda Brooks inaugurates a live music policy at the new St. Moritz Restaurant-at-the-Club, performing every Friday and Saturday in August starting at 9 p.m. The entertainer will appear in the upcoming film "The Crossing Guard," starring Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, and has two new CD releases: "That's My Desire," featuring Brooks' recordings from the '40s and '50s, and a new album, "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere."
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