Blues singer Alberta Adams has died, aged 97.

The star, who performed alongside fellow legends such as John Lee Hooker, Big MACeo and Duke Ellington, passed away in Detroit, Michigan on Christmas Day (25Dec14).

Born Roberta Louise Osborne in Indiana, Adams moved to Detroit as a youth, and began her career as a tap dancer in city clubs.

A chance to step in for an ailing Kitty Stevenson led to a five-year contract as a singer.

She became known as Detroit's Queen of the Blues and recorded with Chicago's Chess Records during the 1950s.

Detroit Blues Society spokesman Steve Allen says, "Alberta was, without question, the Queen of Detroit blues. She always had a kind word or offered encouragement to up-and-comers. A true jewel in an ugly business. She leaves a giant space that may never quite be filled."