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Singer Hadda Brooks Dies at 86

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Singer Hadda Brooks Dies at 86

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Singer Hadda Brooks Dies at 86

Singer Hadda Brooks Dies at 86

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Pianist and Singer Hadda Brooks, known as "Queen of the Boogie," died last week at the age of 86. Brooks rose to fame in 1945 with the song, "Swingin' the Boogie." The song also helped launch the top West Coast rhythm and blues label, Modern Records. NPR's Bob Edwards has a remembrance.