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Ivory Joe Hunter


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Ivory Joe Hunter (10 October 1914 – 8 November 1974) 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.

Born 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 for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress in 1933.


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    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    Grew up listening to some of his recording, including "Since I Met You Baby" in the 50s. Good memories of the 'baby boomer' generation from the 50s & 60s. God bless~!

    4 Sep 2010 Reply