Duke Ellington - the 1940's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 223:

It was much easier than I thought it would be for Hib [Al Hibbler] to learn songs [when he joined the band in the 1940's], but that was because he has ears that see, and so miracles happened. He learned song after song, and soon he was our major asset--truly a profitable investment, both dollar-wise and for luxury of keeping my ear in deep fat. He had so many sounds that even without words he could tell of fantasy beyond fantasy. Hib's great dramatic devices and the variety of his tonal changes give him almost unlimited range. His capabilities are so many, but I should mention first his …   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 223. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429610760067 accessed: 22 June, 2024


Duke Ellington
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song for male voice performed by Al Hibbler

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:06:00 +0100
Approved on Wed, 17 May 2017 10:45:40 +0100