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Alberta Hunter: My Castle's Rockin'

Alberta Hunter: My Castle's Rockin'

Alberta Hunter
Director: Stuart Goldman Cast: Alberta Hunter
Alberta Hunter
, Billie Taylor
Billie Taylor
Stuart Goldman

DVD (Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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Born in 1895, Alberta Hunter first rose to fame as a blues singer in the early '20s; Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake, and Sidney Bechet all played on her records, she headlined nightclubs in the United States and Europe, and starred with Paul Robeson in the British production of Showboat in 1928. In 1956, after almost 35 years in show business, Hunter decided to retire from performing, and took a job as a nurse. In 1977, the hospital where she worked, believing her to be 65 years old (they were off by 17 years), gave her mandatory retirement. With little to do, Hunter began performing at a night spot in New York's Greenwich Village called the Cookery; singing with even greater force and personality than she had in her youth, Hunter's shows wowed jazz critics, and she went on to record three successful albums for Columbia Records and score the film Remember My Name before she passed on in 1984. Alberta Hunter: My Castle's Rockin' is a warm and fascinating portrait of Hunter's personal and professional lives, featuring plenty of footage of the ageless diva performing for an enthusiastic audience. Billy Taylor narrates.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
UPC: 0033909233194
Original Release: 1988
Rating: NR
Source: View Video
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 0:57:00
Sales rank: 71,257

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alberta Hunter Actor
Billy Taylor Narrator

Technical Credits
Stuart Goldman Director,Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene & Song Search
1. Opening [:26]
2. My Castle's Rockin' [2:07]
3. Two-fisted, Double-jointed, Rough & Ready Man [3:11]
4. John Hammond Comments [:36]
5. Alberta's Childhood in Memphis & Chicago [6:38]
6. The Darktown Strutters Ball [3:54]
7. Alberta's First Recordings - 1917 [:57]
8. Alberta starts composing [:32]
9. John Hammond Comments on "Downhearted Blues" [:44]
10. Downhearted Blues [5:10]
11. Alberta conquers New York [1:45]
12. Alberta and the Harlem Renaissance [:45]
13. I Got a Mind to Ramble [2:49]
14. Alberta in France - 1927 [1:54]
15. Alberta in England with Paul Robeson - 1928 [2:11]
16. Alberta in Europe - 1929 to 1934 [1:50]
17. Black Shadows - Alberta in Motion Pictures - 1935 [2:00]
18. Alberta and the War Years, Joins the USO [3:26]
19. Alberta Quits Show Biz, Becomes a Nurse - 1958 [2:04]
20. The Hospital Forces Alberta to Retire - 1977: The Comeback [1:50]
21. I'm Havin' a Good Time [1:37]
22. John Hammond Records Alberta for Columbia [:38]
23. Handy Man [6:06]
24. The Love I Have for You [4:02]
25. VVCC - V.I.E.W. Video Collector's Club

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