|Genres:||Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals|
|Tags:||60s jazz jazz vocal 50s pop blues vocal male vocalists al hibbler vocal jazz|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia|
Albert George Hibbler, 16 August 1915, Tyro, Mississippi, USA, d. 24 April 2001, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Blind from birth, Hibbler attended the Conservatory for the Blind in Little Rock, Arkansas, becoming a member of the school choir. After winning an amateur talent contest in Memphis, he worked with local bands and his own outfit before joining Jay Hootie McShann in 1942. In the following year he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra, proving to be one of the best male singers the leader ever employed. In the 40s he sang on Ellington records such as Aint Got Nothin But The Blues, Im Just A Lucky So-And-So, Pretty Woman, Dont Be So Mean To My Baby, Good Woman Blues, and Build That Railroad (1950). During his eight year stay with Ellington, Hibbler won the Esquire New Star Award (1947) and DownBeat Best Band Vocalist (1948-49). He subsequently recorded with...