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For the Motown producer-songwriter, see Ivy Joe Hunter. Ivy Jo Hunter (born George Ivy Hunter) was a songwriter and record producer for the Motown label. ...

Ivory Joe Hunter made his network television debut on You Asked for It in April, 1951.
Ivory Joe Hunter made his network television debut on You Asked for It in April, 1951.

Ivory Joe Hunter (born October 10, 1914 in Kirbyville, Texas - died November 8, 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee) was an African American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his hit recording, "Since I Met You, Baby" (1956). Billed as The Baron of the Boogie, he was also known as The Happiest Man Alive. He is sometimes confused with Motown producer-songwriter Ivy Joe Hunter. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Kirbyville is a city located in Jasper County, Texas. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Ivy Jo Hunter (born George Ivy Hunter) was a songwriter and record producer for the Motown label. ...

In Kirbyville, Texas, he was christened Ivory Joe as an infant. Developing an early interest in music from his father, Dave Hunter, who played guitar, and his gospel singing mother, he was a talented pianist by the age of 13. As a teenager, Hunter made his first recording in Texas for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress in 1933. [1] Lomax playing guitar, sometime between 1938 and 1950 Alan Lomax (January 31, 1915 – July 19, 2002) was an important American folklorist and musicologist. ...


Radio and recordings

In the early 1940s, Hunter had his own radio show in Beaumont, Texas on KFDM, where he eventually became program manager, and in 1942, he moved to Los Angeles, joining Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in the mid-1940s. When he wrote and recorded his first song, "Blues at Sunrise," with the Three Blazers for his own label, Ivory Records, it became a regional hit. [2] Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Jefferson County  - Mayor Guy Goodson Area    - City 222. ...

In the late 1940s, Hunter founded Pacific Records, and in 1947, he recorded for Four Star and King Records. Two years later, he recorded his first R&B hits; on "I Quit My Pretty Mama" and "Guess Who" he was backed by members of Duke Ellington's band. [3]

After signing with MGM, he recorded "I Almost Lost My Mind," which topped the 1950 R&B charts and would later (in the wake of Hunter's success with "Since I Met You Baby") be recorded by Pat Boone. "I Need You" was a number two R&B hit that same year. With his smooth delivery, Ivory Joe Hunter became a hot R&B commodity, and he also began to be noticed in the country-Western music community. In April, 1951, he made his network TV debut on You Asked For It. I Almost Lost My Mind is a popular song. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Pat Boone Charles Eugene Patrick Boone (known as Pat Boone) (born June 1, 1934) is a singer whose smooth style made him a popular performer of the 1950s. ...

By 1954, he had recorded more than a hundred songs and moved to the Atlantic label. His first song to cross over to the pop charts was "Since I Met You Baby" (1956). It was to be his only top 40 pop song, climbing to the number 12 position. While visiting Memphis in the spring of 1957, Hunter was invited by Elvis Presley to visit Graceland. The two spent the day together, singing "I Almost Lost My Mind" and other songs together. Hunter commented, "He showed me every courtesy, and I think he's one of the greatest." Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...

Country comeback

Hunter's "Empty Arms" and "Yes, I Want You" also made the pop charts, and he had a minor hit with "City Lights" in 1959 just before his popularity began to decline. Hunter came back as a country singer in the late 1960s, making regular Grand Ole Opry appearances and recording an album titled "I've Always Been Country." [4] The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...

During the 1950s, white artists recorded covers of top R&B tunes. When Pat Boone recorded Joe's smash 1950 R&B hit, "I Almost Lost My Mind," it became a number one hit in 1956. Sonny James issued a version of "Since I Met You, Baby," and it topped the country charts in 1970, paving the way for the album The Return of Ivory Joe Hunter and Hunter’s appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He was a prolific songwriter, and some estimate he wrote more than 7,000 songs. Among them are two that Elvis Presley put in the top 20: "My Wish Came True" and "Ain't That Loving You, Baby." In 1974, lung cancer led to his death in Memphis, and he was buried in Kirbyville.

Listen to


  1. ^ "Born to Be with You: Ivory Joe Hunter" by Phil Davies
  2. ^ JammUpp 23: "Let Me Dream: Ivory Joe Hunter" by J.C. Marion
  3. ^ "Ivory Joe Hunter" by Tom Simon
  4. ^ "East Texas Celebrities" by Bob Bowman

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Ivory Joe Hunter: Biography (351 words)
Bespectacled and velvet-smooth in the vocal department, pianist Ivory Joe Hunter appeared too much mild-mannered to be a rock and roller.
Hunter was already a grizzled RandB vet by that time who had first heard his voice on a 1933 Library of Congress cylinder recording made in
Hunter's fondness for country music reared its head in 1958.
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In 1954 Ivory Joe Hunter has a low profile as his records for MGM slow to a trickle and he is missing from the radio airwaves for the most part as the rock 'n roll tidal wave is about to erupt.
Also this month Ivory Joe ends a five year association with MGM Records and is signed to the giant of the R and B independents, Atlantic.
Ivory Joe Hunter, an American original, and the kind that only comes along once in a lifetime if we are lucky enough.
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