Evie Red’s #Flashback – Rose Hardaway



Born in Arkansas in 1931 and raised in Chicago, Rose grew to become a seasoned and well known performer in ‘elite black entertainment’ travelling to New York,
Paris and London.

In the early 50s she was known for her beauty and risqué dancing in barely there costumes. In 1952 she appeared on the cover of Jet Magazine with the headline “Do Pretty Girls Go Wrong in Harlem?” Her celebrity status in the performing world had reached new heights and she was regularly reported on in the media.

In the later 50s, Rose grew tired of dancing and began to focus on singing and musicals. She also recorded a few albums, the most notable being ‘Senor Blues’ – which would tell more about her love life than she wanted.

After her final album release, she slowly faded from the public eye and little is known about her final years.


By Evie Red