1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Al Hibbler (born August 16, 1915)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Unchained Melody 1955
Al Hibbler also had hits with He in 1955 and After The Lights Go Down Low in 1956.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1955-1957 Record Label: Decca
Albert Hibbler was born in Tyro, Mississippi, and blind since birth. After moving to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he sang soprano in the choir of a school for the blind at the age of 12, he later studied voice at the Conservatory for the Blind in Little Rock. When his voice deepened, he began singing blues at area roadhouses. He first recorded with Jay McShann in 1942 and was a vocalist with Duke Ellington from 1943 to 1951. He also recorded with Harry Carney, Tab Smith, Mercer Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. His strong masculine voice was emotive with a steady vibrato and he often employed a gravely, growling technique. In 1955, he signed a contract with Decca and hit the pop charts in a big way with two million-selling singles, Unchained Melody and He, spotlighting his deep tone and distinctive phrasing. Al Hibbler died in 2001.