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Linda Hopkins
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Linda Hopkins in concert.
Background information
Birth nameMelinda Helen Matthews
BornDecember 14, 1924(1924-12-14)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedApril 10, 2017(2017-04-10) (aged 92)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Years active1951–2017

Linda Hopkins (December 14, 1924 – April 10, 2017)[2] was an African-American stage actress and blues and gospel singer. She has recorded classic, traditional, and urban blues, and performed R&B and soul, jazz, and show tunes since the 1950s.[1]

During the 1970s, Hopkins performed in the Broadway musical, Purlie, and with Sammy Davis, Jr. for nine months. In addition, she performed at President Jimmy Carter's 1977 inaugural ball.

Hopkins starred in Me and Bessie, a one-woman show paying homage to blues singer Bessie Smith.

Hopkins died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 10, 2017 at the age of 92.[3][4]


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