Al Hirt

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Born: Oct 07, 1922 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Musicians


1922 - Born on the 7th of November in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

1940 - He went to Cincinnati, Ohio to study at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with Dr. Frank Simon (a former soloist with the John Philip Sousa Orchestra).

 

1950 - He became first trumpet and soloist with Horace Heidt's Orchestra.

 

        - He then returned to New Orleans, working with various Dixieland groups and leading his own bands.

 

1961-62 - Planting deep roots in his community, he opened up a club on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

 

 

 

1962 - His virtuoso dexterity and fine tone on his instrument soon attracted the attention of national labels.

 

 

 

1963-1966 - He had 4 Top 40 hits.

 

 

 

1964 - His hit single of "Sugar Lips" would be later used as the theme song for the NBC daytime game show Eye Guess, hosted by Bill Cullen and originally airing during the mid-to-late 60s.

 

 

 

 

1966 - He was chosen to record the frenetic theme for the 60s TV show "The Green Hornet", by famed arranger and composer Billy May. Thematically reminiscent of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, it showcased Hirt's technical prowess.

 

 

 

1967 - He also become a minority owner in the NFL expansion team 

The New Orleans Saints.

 

 

1987 - Played a solo rendition of Ave Maria for Pope John Paul II's visit to New Orleans, a performance he considered one of his most important.

 

 

1990 - Married Beverly Estabrook Essel, a friend of 40 years.

 

 

1999 - Died on the 27th of April.

 

 

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