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Ivory Joe Hunter

Ivory Joe Hunter will forever be associated with his songs “I Almost Lost My Mind,” and “Since I Met You Baby,” which are essentials in the standard songbooks of popular music. His music was very polished and well thought out. Though starting out as a blues and then an R&B sensation, he comfortably crossed over into ballads, country, soul and pop.

Born in Kirbyville, Texas, in 1914, Hunters’ mother was a gospel singer and his father, Dave Hunter, played guitar. A young Ivory Joe ( yes his real name) took an early interest in music and in 1933 made his first recording for the Library of Congress. Hunter had his own radio show on KFDM in Beaumont, Texas in the early 40's and eventually became program manager. His first commercial recording was with Johnny Moore' Three Blazers. He started his own label, Ivory, and recorded his first song there which he had written “Blues At Sunrise;” it became a regional hit.

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