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He 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 and at first worked with local bands, as well as starting a band of his own. In 1942 he joined a band led by Jay McShann, and the next year he joined Duke Ellington's band, replacing Herb Jeffries. He worked eight years with Ellington before becoming a soloist. Some of his singing is classified… read more

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  • Got to thank those guys at 2K Czech for introducing me to not only Al but 40s and 50s music entirely.
  • This is my favorite version of Blue Suede Shoes
  • This is my favorite version of Blue Suede Shoes
  • Wondering which Al song is No.6 on The Oz Hitztory Blog's Top 20 Songs of 1955? Well wonder no more: http://theozhiztoryblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/top-20-of-top-20-1955-no-10-6.html
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhMJG7qmJkE

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