• Ira Tucker Sr. of Dixie Hummingbirds (1925-2008)

    June 26, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    It's reported in The New York Times that Ira Tucker Sr. "a little man with a giant vocal range and acrobatic stage antics who as lead singer of the Dixie Hummingbirds helped propel gospel music" has passed away in Philadelphia. Tucker joined the group in 1938. On March 31, 2006, the Dixie Hummingbirds and New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band were a double bill -- first the Hummingbirds, then the Brass -- at Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. That show, as heard on JazzSet, opened with Tucker's song about the Hummingbirds, "Who Are We?"  Click and listen.

    His signature on the recording permission form is lovely! He must have learned to write in his home state of South Carolina.
    Ira Tucker Signature
    You don't see penmanship like this very often, nor hear such voices.

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