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Al Hibbler

Albert George Hibbler

Vocalist

(1915 - 2001)

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Al Hibbler was born in Tyro, Mississippi. Blind since birth he started singing in the choir at Little Rock’s Conservatory for the Blind. In 1943 Hibbler replaced Herb Jeffries as Duke Ellington’s vocalist. For a brief period, Ellington gave up Hibbler to his son Mercer who was establishing his own band. In Duke Ellington in Person: An Intimate Memoir, Mercer discloses that his father (verbally) neither discouraged nor encouraged him, but his every act was to deter a second band in the family. Mercer says, “My band was going very well after Pop had given us Al Hibbler. We were booked so strong that he heard about it and snatched Hibbler back. I had signed contracts to produce Hibbler, but now I couldn’t make the dates and was sued for two months.” Hibbler remained with Duke Ellington until 1951, performing and recording some of Ellington’s best songs. At Decca Records in 1955 Hibbler scored two million-selling hits with “Unchained Melody” and “He.”

- Sandra Burlingame


Ebony Rhapsody: The Great Ellington Vocalists

Duke Ellington



Best of Al Hibbler

Al Hibbler



Starring Al Hibbler

Al Hibbler



Solitude

Al Hibbler



After the Lights Go Down Low

Al Hibbler



Al Hibbler Sings the Blues Monday Every Day

Al Hibbler



Meeting of the Times

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Al Hibbler



1946-1949

Al Hibbler



1950-1952

Al Hibbler



Meeting of the Times/Ornette!

Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Al Hibbler, Ornette Coleman
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Mercer Ellington

Duke Ellington in Person: An Intimate Memoir

Da Capo Press


Al Hibbler, Ron Della Chiesa, Sonny Rollins, Dorothy Donegan, Cecil Payne, Arnett Cobb

Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

Rhapsody Films

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