Adele Vera Ward
Adele Vera Hall (1902-1964) is considered by many music fans to be the foremost singer of the blues and African American spirituals to come out of depression-era Alabama. Vera Hall, as she is popularly known, recorded a large body of work for ethnomusicologists (individuals who study music in a cultural context) working for the Library of Congress with the help of Alabama folklorist Ruby Pickens Tartt. Hall’s music is widely available and continues to influence contemporary artists, such as Moby, and attract new audiences.Ward was born around the turn of the century in Payneville, Alabama just outside of Livingston in Sumter County.
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