This hurts. The Mighty Hannibal passed away today, at the age of 74. It was very sudden, so sudden that Norton Records' Billy Miller had just spoken to him this morning, saying he was "his usual upbeat self and all seemed fine". He'd been getting more attention in the past several years, due to a 2001 compilation of older material. And a few years ago, after performing with the Black Lips as his backing band, even the skinny jeans set began to buy in. For good reason. Just check "The Right to Love You" (below). That voice is gone.
This past month has been Mighty Hannibal Month over at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban, which is where I learned of his passing. They just posted a couple songs, one of which, "Hymn No. 5", is a personal favorite, due in no small part to his voice. That, and one of the best uses of a tambourine that I've ever heard. Check Ichiban's previous posts from January.
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The Mighty Hannibal - The Right to Love You mp3 at Le Mellotron
Jimmy Shaw - Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um (streaming) at YouTube His first record.
The Mighty Hannibal - Hymn No. 5 (streaming) at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban.
Mighty Hannibal with the Black Lips - Five live videos from 2007 at YouTube
The Mighty Hannibal, Funk-Soul Iconoclast, Dead at 74 at Spin
The Mighty Hannibal at Wikipedia
Previous Mighty Hannibal posts here. More music