Today is the anniversary of the death in 1984 of Alberta Hunter. Although I never saw her in person, I remember discovering her in the 1970's during her re-emergence on the music scene.
"Handy Man" (1981):
10 minute excerpt from a video overviewing her life and career:
She was born in Memphis in 1895. She moved to Chicago in her teens to become a professional singer. She retired in 1956, became a nurse and worked in nursing until her forced retirement from that field in 1977. After that, she began a 2nd career in music, performing until soon before her death.