All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Vera Hall

Vera Hall - Blues and Spirtuals Singer (1902 - 1964)

Born in 1902 in Payneville, Alabama, just outside of Livingston in Sumter County, Vera Hall grew up to establish one of the most stunning bodies of American folk music on record. Hall married Nash Riddle, a coal miner, in 1917 and gave birth to their daughter, Minnie Ada. Riddle was killed in 1920. Though Hall sang her entire life, learning spirituals such as “I Got the Home in the Rock” and “When I’m Standing Wondering, Lord, Show Me the Way” from her mother, Agnes, and her father, Efron “Zully” Hall, it was not until the late 1930s that Hall’s singing gained national exposure.

Read more

Albums

Spirituals
Spirituals
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
1953
buy

Similar Artists

Sleepy John Estes Sleepy John Estes
guitar, acoustic
Elizabeth Cotten Elizabeth Cotten
guitar, acoustic
Reverend Gary Davis
guitar, acoustic
Alan Lomax Alan Lomax
producer
Mississippi Sheiks Mississippi Sheiks
band/orchestra

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.