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Ivory Joe Hunter, American R&B artist, was born on 10th October 1914

Ivory Joe Hunter, American R&B artist, was born on 10th October 1914

Born in Kirbyville Texas in 1914, Ivory Joe Hunter (that was his real birth name) came from a musical family, with a guitarist father and gospel singing mother, and had learnt piano before his teens. He made his first recordings in 1933 as a teenager for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress. BY the '40s he had his own radio show in Beaumont, Texas before moving to LA to join Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. In 1949 he had his first R&B hits , backed by members of Duke Ellington's band. He signed to MGM and in 1950 topped the R&B charts with his song "I Almost Lost My Mind", which would later be a No. 1 hit for Pat Boone (well know for covering R&B hits). By 1954 he had recorded over a hundred of his songs, and moved the Atlantic Records, for whom his 1956 hit "Since I Met You Baby" gave him a No. 12 in the pop charts. After his R&B star waned somewhat he made a comeback in the country market in the '60s, appearing regularly on Grand Ole Opry. "Since I Met You Baby" was successfully recorded by Sonny James and Jerry Lee Lewis, leading to Hunter's appearance at the 1969 Monterey Jazz Festival. He was a prolific songwriter, providing hits for many artists such as "Ain't That Loving You Baby" for Elvis Presley. He died in 1974 from lung cancer at the age of 60. Acrobat has a collection of 1950s recordings on catalogue - for details click here.

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