Al Hibbler !
Born blind in Mississippi, Al Hibbler featured with Duke Ellington's Orchestra throughout the 1940s and recorded a few hits (included here) on his own for Decca and Atlantic during the 1950s and '60s.
After winning a talent contest in Memphis, he joined Jay McShann and His Orchestra in 1942 and debuted with Duke Ellington's Orchestra just one year later, replacing Herb Jeffries. He spent a total of eight years with Ellington's band, finally leaving in 1951 after Ellington refused to raise his salary by $50 !
Mr Hibbler passed away in April 2001.
Al Hibbler - After The Lights Go Down Low
Al Hibbler - Danny Boy (handkerchief please)
Al Hibbler - Unchained Melody (a bigger handkerchief please)
FRIDAY BONUS !
Lue Renney - Your Wiggle And Your Giggle