Ada Brown

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Ada Brown
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Background information
Birth nameAda Scott Brown
Born(1890-05-01)May 1, 1890
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
DiedMarch 30, 1950(1950-03-30) (aged 59)
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Years active1919–1950

Ada Scott Brown (May 1, 1890 – March 30, 1950)[1] was an American blues singer. She is best known for her recordings of "Ill Natural Blues", "Break o' Day Blues", and "Evil Mama Blues.[1]


Brown was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas.[1] Her cousin James Scott was a ragtime composer and pianist. Her early career was spent primarily on stage in musical theater and vaudeville. She recorded with Bennie Moten in 1926; the side "Evil Mama Blues" is possibly the earliest recording of Kansas City jazz. Aside from her time with Moten, she did several tours alongside bandleaders such as George E. Lee.

Brown was a founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America in 1936. She worked at the London Palladium and on Broadway in the late 1930s. She sang "That Ain't Right" with Fats Waller in the musical film Stormy Weather (1943).[2]

She also appeared in Harlem to Hollywood, accompanied by Harry Swannagan. Brown was featured on two tracks of the compilation album Ladies Sing the Blues ("Break o' Day Blues" and "Evil Mama Blues").[3][4]

Brown died in Kansas City of kidney disease in March 1950.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Dead Rock Stars Club – The 50s and Earlier". Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ Ada Brown and Fats Waller performing "That Ain't Right" from Stormy Weather (1943) - online video
  3. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 199. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.
  4. ^ Phares, Heather. "Ladies Sing the Blues [ASV/Living Era]". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2014.

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