A distinctive baritone singer who came into prominence with
the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the 1940s, and scored a hit
later with his version of the song "Unchained Melody."
Albert Hibbler was born in August of 1915 in the little town of
Tyro, Mississippi. In 1927 his family moved to Little Rock,
Arkansas, and Hibbler who had been born blind studied
music at the Conservatory for the Blind in that city and sang
with his church choir.
He first vocalized with local territory bands in Arkansas and
Oklahoma such as Dub Jenkins. In 1942 he won a talent
contest in Memphis, and was asked to join the band of
Kansas City pianist Jay McShann which included future jazz
legend Charlie Parker