Black History Month – Al Hibbler

Al Hibbler (August 16, 1915 – April 24, 2001): Hibber was an American vocalist with several pop hits. He is best known for his million selling recording of “Unchained Melody” (1955). He achieved national prominence in the United States with the Ellington orchestra in the mid 1940s, and went on to build a substantial career, which included continuing involvement with jazz musicians. Born Albert George Hibbler in Tyro, Mississippi, he was blind from birth. Hibbler attended a school for the blind in Little Rock, Arkansas where he joined the school choir. He won an amateur talent contest in Memphis, Tennessee, where he first worked with local bands and started his own band. He died in Chicago in 2001, at the age of 85. He was survived by a sister and a brother. Hibbler has a star at 1650 Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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