10 October 1914, Kirbyville, Texas, USA, d. 8 November 1974, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Although Hunter was a well-known figure in Texas through his radio shows, it was not until the 40s, when he moved to the west coast, that his career flourished. He established his own record companies, Ivory and Pacific, recording on the former with Johnny Moores Three Blazers (the Exclusive licensed crossover hit Blues At Sunrise), while the latter provided the outlet for Hunters first R&B chart-topper, Pretty Mama Blues. Hunter continued his success with several singles recorded with sidemen from the Duke Ellington Orchestra before one of his most enduring compositions, I Almost Lost My Mind, became a second R&B number 1 in 1950. A re-recorded version also proved popular when the singer moved to the Atlantic Records label later in the decade, but Pat Boones opportunistic cover version was a greater commercial...
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