At nineteen, Texas-born Ivory Joe Hunter made his
first recording - on a 1933 Library of Congress
cylinder. He honed his chops playing gigs around the
Gulf Coast region, even hosting his own radio show
for a time in Beaumont.
During the war years, Ivory Joe became a
crowd-pleasing fixture on the California club
circuit. His first commercial recording, "Blues at
Sunrise" (with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers) was the
first of several R&B chart-toppers between 1945 and
He churned out hits during the ‘50s: "Don't Fall in
Love With Me," "What Did You Do to Me," "Waiting in
Vain," “Guess Who,” "I Almost Lost My Mind," "I Need
You So,” "It's a Sin,” “Since I Met You Baby,”
"Empty Arms," "Love's a Hurting Game," and “City
Ivory Joe’s lifelong love of Country Music
manifested itself in the late 1960s and early ‘70s
as he became a frequent guest on the Grand Old Opry.
This album was recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium
during his Opry performances in 1971 and 1972. The
14-track collection demonstrates Hunter’s mastery of
his craft as a singer, songwriter, and musician.
Fittingly, Ivory Joe is well served by the cream of
Nashville musicians backing him, and it is obvious
by the crowd reaction how much he had captured the
hearts of Country Music fans.
Standout tracks include “Since I Met You Baby”
“I Almost Lost My Mind,” and “I’ll Make It
All Up To You.”