Monday, February 3, 2014

The Mighty Hannibal: 1939-2014

James Timothy Shaw, better known as the socially conscious, turban-wearing soul singer The Mighty Hannibal died a few days ago. I loved Hannibal's music, which at times grooved along with the best of the 60's soul music we're all familiar with, but occasionally veered off into unknown, almost psychedelic territories.

I don't have a deep history with Hannibal's music. My first introduction to his music was in 2003 through The Cool Jerks, a band of friends who covered mostly obscure R&B and soul tunes. I was sold immediately. Here's one that we did.

I met Hannibal in New Orleans some years ago. I asked if I could take a picture with him and he said, "Yeah. Let me get my money." He did. Check out his hands in the photo above.

That is a one great memory.

Check out "Hannibalism." It's insanely good.


buzzbabyjesus said...

Great stuff.

cmealha said...

All 3 cuts were great. Will definitely check him out. It makes you wonder how many artist like him are out there with treasure waiting to be discovered.

Eric said...

bingo...sorry death served as my introduction

A walk in the woods said...

Rest in Peace, Hannibal! You were one of the crazy greats!