Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman celebrates an R&B singer who appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.
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Ivory Joe Hunter was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Kirbyville, Texas. A gifted piano player, he was equally comfortable playing boogie woogie, R&B, or slow love ballads. He also incorporated country music into his songs and even moved to Nashville in the 1960s, where he appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Hunter had his greatest success with “Since I Met You, Baby,” a huge cross-over hit that sold well among black, white and Hispanic audiences. Ivory Joe Hunter’s songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and many others, and he has appeared on such nationally popular programs as The Ed Sullivan Show.