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True to the speculation, in 1930, Hall and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson starred together twice at New York's Palace Theatre on Broadway (in February and in August). During her February appearance, which was Hall's first ever appearance at the Palace Theatre, she received a roaring welcome in front of a capacity house and took six bows at the end of her performance. After an out-of-town try-out, the musical opened on 7 October at the Liberty Theatre, New York, where it ran a fairly solid run of 111 performances until 10 January 1931.
It was also noted in several newspapers that Lew Leslie had tried everything in his capacity bar from erecting a 'Rock of Gibraltar' to prevent Hall from appearing at any venue with out his consent since she quit Blackbirds. In 1931, Hall embarked on a world concert tour that visited two continents (America and Europe).
In October 1927, Hall recorded her wordless vocals on "Creole Love Call", "The Blues I Love To Sing" and "Chicago Stomp Down" with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.
The story behind "Creole Love Call"'s conception is interesting to recount: In 1927, Hall and Duke Ellington were touring in the same show, Dance Mania.
It was in Chicago during December that Adelaide Hall unexpectedly quit the production and hastened home to New York.
Soon after their marriage he opened a short-lived club in Harlem, New York, called "The Big Apple" and became her official business manager.
Adelaide Hall was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Elizabeth and Arthur William Hall in 1901.
Adelaide and her sister Evelyn attended the Pratt Institute, where William Hall taught piano; Evelyn was to die of influenza in 1918, by which time her father had also died, and the teenaged Hall had to support herself and her mother.
From October 1926, Hall toured America playing the TOBA circuit until September 1927 in the highly praised show Desires of 1927, conceived by J. Speed, pretty girls, catchy music, a touch of art, which touches the border line of nudity - the names of such well-known stage celebrities as Adelaide Hall, J.
Homer Tutt, Henry 'Gang' Jones, the Harmony, Trio, Charles Hawkins, Arthur Porter, 'Billy' Mc Kelvey and Clarence Nance." Billed as the star 'soubrette' of the show, Adelaide's performance included several songs, (most notably "Sweet Virginia Bliss"), flat foot dancing and accompanying herself on the ukulele whilst singing.
Hall's performance of "Diga Diga Do", created a sensation.