Bertha “Chippie” Hill

Bertha “Chippie” Hill

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 7 May 1950 (aged 45)
Harlem, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 6657816 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. Beginning her career as a dancer working with singer Ethel Waters in 1919, she was given the nickname "Chippie" because of her young age and her small size early in her career. During the late 1920s she began performing with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels as a singer and dancer, and toured with them on the Theatrical Owners Booking Association circuit throughout the south. She began recording in the mid 1920s, working with musicians such as jazz legend Louis Armstrong, and continued to record and perform in the New York City, New York area during the early 1930s until the late 1940s. During this time, she established herself as a popular blues and jazz singer with a powerful voice. In 1950 she was hit by a car and killed in a hit and run accident in New York City.

Bio by: Midnight Believer


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  • Originally Created by: Midnight Believer
  • Added: 3 Aug 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6657816
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bertha “Chippie” Hill (15 Mar 1905–7 May 1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6657816, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .