Virtue Hampton Whitted

Death of Virtue Hampton Whitted

February 22, 1922 - January 17, 2007
| Age 84

Jazz musician Virtue Hampton Whitted of the Hampton Sisters dead at 84


Jazz musician Virtue Hampton Whitted, who performed for years as part of the Hampton Sisters act, died Wednesday after a stroke, her son said. She was 84.

She was born in Middletown, Ohio, and as a child began performing in a large family band. She moved to Indianapolis in 1938, and her three sisters formed the Hampton Sisters while their brothers were fighting in World War II.

Whitted became a fixture of the Indianapolis jazz scene and traveled across the country with various groups throughout her career. She continued to perform in recent years, singing and playing bass with her older sister, Aletra, who sang and played piano. The two released a CD titled "The Hampton Sisters, a Jazz Tribute," in 2003.

"They represent an era that is unfortunately long gone," said Duncan Schiedt, the author of "The Jazz State of Indiana." "They are really pioneers," Schiedt said, calling them part of the best family band he has ever heard.